Cities Respond to State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON – February 5, 2019 – Following President Trump’s State of the Union address to Congress, NLC President Karen Freeman-Wilson, mayor of Gary, Indiana, released the following statement:

“Local leaders agree with the president on an important point: Passing a comprehensive infrastructure bill is not an option, it is a necessity. That being said, for such a critical priority, infrastructure deserves more than a brief mention in the president’s State of the Union.

“As Congress works on an infrastructure plan, we don’t need band-aid solutions; we need bipartisan leadership. Now is the time to pass an infrastructure package that works with America’s cities, towns and villages to rebuild our communities and strengthens our economies for generations to come.”

NLC’s national Rebuild With Us campaign has prioritized 50 ways Congress and the administration can work with cities, towns and villages to fix the infrastructure crisis.


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. Learn more at

On March 10 – 13, city leaders from across the nation will gather at the Congressional City Conference in Washington, D.C., to speak up for city priorities and rebuild America’s infrastructure. Learn more at