Under the leadership of NLC President Marie Lopez Rogers, mayor, Avondale, AZ, and NLC Executive Director Clarence Anthony, the organization finalized its 2013 priorities earlier this month.
As Congress and the Administration continue to look for ways to find revenues to reduce the deficit or fund new programs, NLC is maintaining its efforts to keep the tax break on municipal bonds.
NLC President Marie Lopez Rogers attended the President's immigration speech in Las Vegas, releasing a statement in response that supports a comprehensive immigration system.
In coming years, cities and towns, like all employers, will be responsible for ACA implementation. NLC has gathered resources to help local governments better understand how to comply with the law and communicate with constituents about what to expect as the law goes into effect.
After months of nearly unanimous and bipartisan warnings that the consequences would be harmful to the economy, the $85 billion in automatic spending cuts to defense and non-defense programs took effect on March 1.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) announced at a public event in the Capitol that she was introducing a bill to ban the sale and manufacture of assault weapons, as well as magazines holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition.
While the true prospects for comprehensive immigration reform remain murky, the desire for Congressional action that will end the national divisiveness is palpable. The results of the 2012 election and the impact of the Hispanic vote have helped spur a new push for reform and the return of a bipartisan effort to make the issue a priority for Congress and the White House.
The Center for Federal Relations serves as the voice for America's cities and towns in Washington. Through federal advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill, as well as grassroots outreach in hometowns nationwide, the NLC achieves its mission of protecting municipal interests, seeking federal support for local investments, and influencing the outcome of federal policy debates affecting local governance.