Manufactured Crisis Sees Congress Abdicating Economic Responsibilities

Washington, DC - The National League of Cities (NLC) President, Marie Lopez Rogers, mayor of Avondale, AZ, issued the following statement in response to the federal government shutdown today:

"We are facing real challenges and Congress must pass a clean continuing resolution for fiscal year 2014 and end this manufactured crisis. The economic impacts of the shutdown are real, and our neighborhoods and families are unfortunately bearing the brunt. Every day the government is shut down is another day of economic uncertainty. Instead, we need to focus on what matters.

"Our neighborhoods face real challenges - a broken immigration system, lackluster economic growth, and unemployment that remains unconscionably high. These are the issues that should be highest priority on the Washington agenda.

"Local leaders face challenges every day and as another round of federal drama plays out, they will continue to focus on planning for our cities and towns' futures, working together to generate new ideas that solve problems. We take action that will have a positive impact on the residents we serve. This is what the American people deserve from their government. Action. Nothing less."

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.