FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

National League of Cities Statement Following Announcement of Bipartisan Budget Agreement

December 10, 2013

Washington, D.C. - Following the announcement of the budget agreement reached earlier tonight, National League of Cities (NLC) Executive Director Clarence Anthony released the following statement:

"We are glad that House and Senate negotiators have reached a bipartisan budget agreement that will hopefully provide a sound foundation that will prevent unnecessary fiscal crises over the next two years. While we are still examining the agreement for its impact on cities, we hope this signals that Congress is beginning the process of overcoming the chronic dysfunction in Washington and ending the unnecessary and counterproductive fights that we have seen over the past year.

"The ongoing disagreements in Washington have accomplished little except to distract from setting national priorities to achieve economic growth and prosperity. As they have come together on this budget agreement, we hope we will see future bipartisan efforts focus on the issues important to cities and their residents: marketplace fairness and immigration reform.

"We call on Congress to help our Main Street retailers remain competitive by creating a level playing field with online retailers. We also believe that comprehensive immigration reform would allow a substantial population to fully participate in the economy and in their communities."

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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