By Angelina Panettieri
Florida city leaders prepare to visit federal policymakers in Washington, D.C.
This week, city leaders from throughout the state of Florida, joined staff from the Florida League of Cities in Washington, D.C. to lobby federal policy makers on a variety of city priorities. Following a briefing at NLC's offices hosted by NLC's executive director Clarence Anthony and the Federal Advocacy team, the group met with members of the Florida congressional delegation and the Administration to push for passage of marketplace fairness legislation, preservation of the tax exemption for municipal bonds, and other priorities.
City leaders meet with White House and federal agency officials
The group also met with the White House and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) representatives to discuss improvements to FEMA's processes for auditing spending and recovering federal funds from local governments after extreme weather events.
"Having face to face meetings with our congressional delegation in D.C. has provided an opportunity for city officials to strengthen their relationships with members of Congress," said Scott Dudley, Florida League of Cities Legislative Director. "This gives our membership a chance to provide real world examples of how the decisions made in Washington affect their cities back home and ensures that Members of Congress know that their city officials are paying attention to what is going on in our nation's capital."
City leaders traveling to Washington to meet with federal officials are invited to visit NLC's office and discuss their advocacy priorities and activities with NLC staff. For more information or to schedule a visit, contact Carolyn Coleman, NLC's director of federal advocacy.