Cities Urge Congress to Stop Blame Game, Do Its Job

January 19, 2018

WASHINGTON — January 19, 2018 — As the deadline for Congress to pass a spending bill to fund the federal government approaches, National League of Cities President Mark Stodola, mayor of Little Rock, Arkansas, released the following statement:

“For the sake of every person in every city and town in America, Congress and the White House need to stop playing blame games with the federal budget. For too long, and on too many issues, Congress has kicked the can down the road instead of demonstrating the leadership voters expect. 

“On issues as important as the Children’s Health Insurance Program, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the National Flood Insurance Program, and simply providing for basic government operations without interruption, it’s time to put aside partisan politics to focus on the job Members of Congress were elected to do — serve the American people.”


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.