U.S. Conference of Mayors President Mesa (AZ) Mayor Scott Smith Issues Statement on Congressional Deal

Oct 16, 2013, 17:37 ET from The U.S. Conference of Mayors

"Washington Finally Decided to Get Things Done for the Good of the Whole"

WASHINGTON, Oct. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- U.S. Conference of Mayors President Mesa, AZ Mayor Scott Smith issued the following statement today on the deal recently reached in Congress:

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"The nation's mayors today are grateful that the U.S. Congress appears to have finally reached a deal to open the federal government and move our national economy forward.

"The American people, the majority of which who live in cities, have been held hostage long enough to the partisan bickering that has, unfortunately, become the norm in Washington. 

"While mayors are doing their best to keep cities afloat, it is not fair to hard-working families who have been struggling to keep their households above water that federal lawmakers undermined those efforts because they could not reach a compromise.

"Mayors are pragmatic doers who believe in rolling up our sleeves, finding common ground on even the most difficult of issues and getting things done for the good of the whole. We are relieved that Washington has decided to do the same and we urge final passage of this bipartisan agreement in both the House and the Senate."

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