Local Leaders Urge Congress to Pass Bipartisan Agreement, Avert Shutdown 

September 29, 2023 - (2 min read)

Shutdown would have wide-ranging detrimental effects on local government operations, residents

WASHINGTON, D.C. – National League of Cities (NLC) CEO and Executive Director Clarence E. Anthony issued the following statement urging Congress to pass a bipartisan continuing resolution to fund the federal government and avoid a shutdown: 

“Local officials expect our elected leaders in Washington to meet their most basic obligation to the communities they represent and keep the federal government open and working. Local governments don’t shut down, and allowing the federal government to do so over political disagreements is reckless. 

We urge the Senate and the House to swiftly take up and pass the bipartisan continuing resolution agreement under consideration in the Senate. This agreement has support from leadership of both parties in the Senate and would avoid a government shutdown that would have wide ranging detrimental effects on local government operations and needlessly increase economic uncertainty for cities, towns and villages. 

Federal shutdowns, even partial ones, have an immediate impact on local budgets and the most vulnerable residents in our communities. The effects of a shutdown multiply quickly, including funding lapses, project delays and potential layoffs.” 


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