In June 2013, over 150 mayors and council members gathered in the nation's capital as part of the National League of Cities’ annual summer board meeting and policy forum to discuss a wide range of federal policy issues of significance to cities and towns. NLC President Marie Lopez Rogers, mayor, Avondale, Arizona and Executive Director Clarence Anthony welcomed the group to Washington, D.C.
Senator Amy Klobuchar (D–MN) addressed the group in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, where she expressed support for a wide range of issues important to cities, including the taxation of goods bought online and the implementation of a comprehensive immigration reform bill.
Board members held individual meetings on Capitol Hill with their Senators and Representatives to lobby on NLC’s three legislative priorities: protecting the tax-exemption on municipal bonds, passing the Marketplace Fairness Act, and advocating for comprehensive immigration reform.
NLC’s officers called a press conference in Washington in support of the 40 year-old Community Development Block Grant program, citing it as one of the most effective federal programs, and urged members of Congress to restore funding to previous levels.
Participants met in individual steering committee meetings for educational sessions with policy experts and to formulate federal policy positions that will be considered by the membership at NLC's Congress of Cities in November.
View photo highlights from NLC’s Board meeting and visit to Capitol Hill.