NLC President Calls for Collaboration with US Mayors to Make Municipal Policy Issues a Priority, Focus in Washington

January 18, 2013

WASHINGTON - National League of Cities (NLC) President Marie Lopez Rogers, mayor, Avondale, AZ addressed colleagues from across the country today at the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) annual conference in Washington. Mayor Rogers spoke about the two organizations' deep commitment to local government issues and stressed the vital need for partnership in the coming year.

Rogers said that as they seek to influence the policy debate in Washington, NLC and USCM must collaborate and work in synergy to make municipal policy issues a priority and focus on Capitol Hill and within the Administration.

Calling on Congress to work together to find compromise and solutions, she lauded the work done by her colleagues at the local level and pressed for the city leaders to encourage their counterparts in Congress to not punish cities with bad policy and divisive commentary.

"As Mayors, we face conflict every day. But we work together to find compromises and solutions. Congress must work to do the same," Rogers said. "Congress forgets that these federal investments they want to cut actually drive the growth in our cities, they build our infrastructure, and they create jobs - they are not wasteful spending."

Mayor Rogers was joined by NLC First Vice President Chris Coleman, mayor, St. Paul, MN and NLC Second Vice President Ralph Becker, mayor, Salt Lake City, UT at USCM's conference.

The National League of Cities 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.