NLC Call on Congress and the Administration to Get to Work

January 30, 2012
NLC President Ted Ellis, mayor of Bluffton, Ind., released the following statement in response to President Obama's State of the Union.

"In an election year, there is a tendency to put off hard decisions until the political climate is settled. But the American people and American cities cannot wait until next year for action. The economy has yet to recover, the middle class continues to shrink and Washington continues to play political gamesmanship.

"Congress and the Administration need to take a page from the nation's local leaders who are making very difficult economic choices everyday. We are glad the President agrees with us that it is time for Washington to work towards finding solutions and making the strategic investments in the infrastructure and human capital the nation needs to remain competitive for decades to come.

"To everyone in Washington we say: Campaign on your record and not with people's lives. It's time to get to work."
Earlier this month, NLC leaders called for the President and Congress to take action to create jobs, grow the economy and invest in the nation's infrastructure. 

NLC will advocate for Congress and the Administration to support legislative priorities including:

• Authorize a new federal surface transportation program that recognizes the central role of transportation to metropolitan and regional economies and includes a strong local voice in decision making;

• Protect funding for the Community Development Block Grant program and other federal programs that support investment in cities and towns;

• Pass legislation that will provide cities with authority to collect taxes on Internet sales and thereby level the playing field for hometown retailers; and

• Reauthorize the federal elementary and secondary education program and federal job training program.