FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Congress Goes on Recess, Leaving Critical Unfinished Business

August 1, 2014

Washington, D.C. - With Congress adjourning today for a five-week recess, National League of Cities Executive Director Clarence Anthony issued the following statement on the critical legislative priorities that were left unaddressed in this session:

"Today Congress adjourns, leaving behind a huge amount of unfinished business that would help cities better serve their residents and communities. While this Congress did pass several important pieces of legislation, including the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), it failed to move on some of the most pressing issues facing cities. This includes passing a long-term transportation bill that will create jobs, support economic development and update our nation's infrastructure. It also means passing legislation that would level the playing field between our brick-and-mortar businesses and their online counterparts when it comes to collecting sales taxes."

The National League of Cities (NLC) 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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