Federal Advocacy

NLC's Federal Advocacy team serves as the voice for America's cities in Washington, D.C. Through lobbying efforts and grassroots activity, NLC proactively drives federal policy on the issues that matter the most to cities by advancing a member-driven annual federal action agenda, protecting local authority in regulatory proceedings, and championing the interest of cities in legal cases of national importance to local governments. Working in partnership with 49 state municipal leagues and NLC’s seven federal advocacy committees, the Federal Advocacy team serves as both a resource and an advocate for the more than 19,000 cities NLC represents.

Federal Advocacy Update

Get the Federal Advocacy Update, our bi-weekly newsletter with analysis and updates on the latest federal issues affecting cities. 

2019 City Summit

Attend City Summit in San Antonio, Texas, November 20-23, 2019. City Summit is National League of Cities’ conference for local leaders to convene and collaborate on solutions to the common challenges facing America’s cities. Each year, the conference is hosted in a different U.S. city – offering tangible and new best practices for government officials to improve the conditions back home. Learn more and register at citysummit.nlc.org.

Advocate for City Priorities

Visit NLC’s Advocacy page to learn about our Federal Action Agenda and find a wealth of tools you can use to advocate for city priorities.

On May 19th, as a part of Infrastructure Week 2016, the National League of Cities (NLC) and the Value of Water Coalition hosted a congressional briefing on one of the most critical infrastructure issues facing cities today. Over 500 congressional and agency staff, local officials, and members of the media heard local leaders from across the nation discuss how their communities are solving pressing water challenges through innovative partnerships, policies, programs, and financing models.