FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

City Leaders Press for Overdue Action on Debt Ceiling Debate

January 14, 2013

Washington, DC - The following statement is from National League of Cities (NLC) President Marie Lopez Rogers, Mayor of Avondale, AZ, in response to President Obama's press conference on the debt ceiling today:

"Americans are tired and frustrated by the inability of Congress to act responsibly and pass legislation to raise the debt ceiling. As President Obama reiterated time and again this morning, America must pay its bills. We agree-as the consequences of inaction will be devastating for our nation's cities and towns.

"NLC has advocated tirelessly for compromise around a balanced approach that combines rational spending cuts with additional revenues from sources like tax code reform. It is imperative we reduce the deficit while preserving the essential federal investments and programs in cities that drive growth and job creation.

"The status quo is unsustainable. After two years of political posturing and gamemanship, it is time for Congress and the President to produce a sensible package that ensures the country's economic security."

The National League of Cities is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.

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