Over 1,600 local elected officials from across the country convened in Washington, D.C. from March 9-13 for the National League of Cities' 2013 Congressional City Conference. The conference was a great success, with second to none workshops, events and speakers, including Vice President Joe Biden. The energy and excitement throughout the conference was palpable, and it was clear that local officials were ready to ‘Stand up for Cities' and make their voices heard.
The conference provided a timely opportunity for attendees to be a strong voice for cities and towns with the Administration and Congress, including:
• Vice President Joe Biden
• Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin E. Dempsey
• Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack
• Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
• Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan
• Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano
• White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs Deputy Director Jay Williams
• Senator John McCain (R-AZ)
• Senator Michael Enzi (R-WY)
Our message was loud and clear about the pressing need to fix the nation’s broken immigration system, protect the tax exemption for municipal bonds and end the online sales tax ‘break.’ And while the conference was an exciting and memorable event, we know that our work is far from done. In the coming weeks and months, the legislative debates surrounding these issues will be front and center in Congress.
In the words of NLC President, Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers, "Now more than ever, whether in Washington, D.C., or at home, city leaders must continue to be engaged and to press Congress to support our federal priorities.” We look forward to continuing to work together and supporting your efforts to help build better communities.
NLC Executive Director