Sara Durr

About Sara Durr

Sara Durr is our Director of Communications at the Conference. She can be contacted by phone at 202-215-1811 or via email at sara@durrcommunications.com.

Spokane Mayor David Condon to Testify at Congressional Hearing on Nation’s Water Infrastructure

Washington, D.C.—Spokane (WA) Mayor David Condon will testify on behalf of the United States Conference of Mayors before the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment on Thursday, March 7 at 10:00 a.m. ET during a hearing titled “The Clean Water State Revolving Fund: How Federal Infrastructure Investment Can Help Communities Modernize Water Infrastructure and [...]

By |2019-03-07T14:04:55-05:00March 6, 2019|Media Advisories, News|

Statement by Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on Passage of Background Check Legislation

Benjamin Serves as President of The United States Conference of Mayors Washington, DC—Below is a statement by United States Conference of Mayors President Steve Benjamin, Mayor of Columbia (SC), on the passage of Background Check Legislation (HR 8 and HR 1112): “The House of Representatives took an historic and important step this week by passing [...]

By |2019-02-28T16:46:38-05:00February 28, 2019|News, Press Room|

Mayors to Highlight Local Innovations in Workforce Development on Capitol Hill

Washington, D.C.—On Thursday, February 14 at 10 am, The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM), along with the National Association of Workforce Boards, the National League of Cities, and the National Association of Counties will hold a briefing on Capitol Hill to share how they are driving innovation in workforce development at the local level [...]

By |2019-02-14T08:05:08-05:00February 14, 2019|Media Advisories, News|

Statement by United States Conference of Mayors President and Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin in Support of El Paso Mayor Dee Margo

Washington, DC—Below is a statement by United States Conference of Mayors President and Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin in support of El Paso (TX) Mayor Dee Margo: “Last night during his rally in El Paso, President Trump claimed that El Paso Mayor Dee Margo was ‘full of crap’ because he and other local officials have [...]

By |2019-02-12T13:42:06-05:00February 12, 2019|News, Press Room|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on the State of the Union

Washington, DC—Below is a statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin in response to President Trump’s State of the Union: “The nation’s mayors agree with President Trump that passing an infrastructure bill is not an option, it is a necessity.  Given that cities are where 85 percent of Americans live, [...]

By |2019-02-06T19:46:07-05:00February 6, 2019|News, Press Room|

President Trump Re-Opens Government with Mayors Present at White House

Nation’s Mayors Share Infrastructure Priorities with President Trump, Vice President Pence and Other Cabinet Officials During White House Meeting Washington, D.C. – At the conclusion of the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) 87th Annual Winter Meeting on Friday, January 25, 2019, where mayors unanimously passed an emergency resolution calling on Congress and the President to [...]

By |2019-01-29T10:01:25-05:00January 29, 2019|News, Press Room|

U.S. Conference of Mayors Urges Bipartisan Cooperation as Washington Works to Negotiate Budget Deal

Washington, D.C. – Below is a statement by United States Conference of Mayors President and Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin: “This morning, prior to the President’s announcement, the Executive Committee of the United States Conference of Mayors unanimously approved an emergency resolution calling on Congress and the President to pass legislation that would re-open the federal [...]

By |2019-01-28T12:49:17-05:00January 25, 2019|87th Winter Meeting (2019), News, Press Room|

Six Cities Share $445,000 in Grants to Support Childhood Obesity Prevention Programs

Partnership with Beverage Industry Invests $3.1 Million Overall in Programs that Encourage Healthy Weight and Healthy Lifestyles among Children WASHINGTON, D.C. —The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) today announced the winners of the 2019 Childhood Obesity Prevention Awards at the organization’s 87th Winter Meeting in the nation’s capital. The awards went to cities whose [...]

By |2019-01-28T12:45:44-05:00January 24, 2019|87th Winter Meeting (2019), News, Press Room|

Mars Petcare And U.S. Conference of Mayors Announce 2019 Better Cities For Pets™ Grant Program

Grants to be Awarded to Cities In Support of Pet-Friendly Initiatives WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2019 – Today, Mars Petcare and its BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ program, in partnership with the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), issued a call for 2019 grant entries for cities demonstrating their commitment to becoming more pet-friendly. This announcement coincides with the 87th [...]

By |2019-01-28T12:39:06-05:00January 23, 2019|87th Winter Meeting (2019), News, Press Room|

Vice President Joe Biden to Address Nation’s Mayors

Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 8:45 am ET Capital Hilton Hotel | Washington, DC Washington, D.C. – Former Vice President Joe Biden will address the nation’s mayors during the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) 87th Annual Winter Meeting on Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 8:45 am ET.  The Winter Meeting, which will be held at [...]

By |2019-01-24T12:42:32-05:00January 22, 2019|87th Winter Meeting (2019), Media Advisories, News|

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Address Nation’s Mayors During The United States Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 2 pm ET Capital Hilton Hotel | Washington, DC Washington, D.C. – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will address the nation’s mayors during the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) 87th Annual Winter Meeting on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 2 pm ET.  The Winter Meeting, which will be held at the [...]

By |2019-01-24T12:42:33-05:00January 22, 2019|87th Winter Meeting (2019), Media Advisories, Press Room|

Mayors Continue To Lead Despite Washington Gridlock

Hundreds of Mayors to Push Washington to Address Critical Issues Facing Cities at U.S. Conference of Mayors 87th Winter Meeting **Opening Press Conference: Wednesday, January 23 at 10 am ET** Capital Hilton | Washington, DC Washington, D.C. – As Washington remains mired in gridlock, hundreds of bipartisan mayors from across the country will gather in Washington, [...]

By |2019-01-24T12:42:33-05:00January 21, 2019|87th Winter Meeting (2019), Media Advisories, News|

Nation’s Mayors Applaud Court Decision Blocking Addition of Citizenship Question to 2020 Census

Washington, DC—Below is a statement from United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin and Chair of USCM’s Census Task Force Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh on today’s ruling blocking the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census: USCM President and Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin: “The nation’s mayors [...]

By |2019-01-16T13:10:37-05:00January 15, 2019|News, Press Room|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on the Federal Government Shutdown

Washington, DC—The United States Conference of Mayors President and Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin released the following statement on the federal government shutdown: “As the government shutdown stretches into its third week, the nation’s mayors urge Washington to end this crisis and prioritize instead the economic security of all Americans, the majority of whom live [...]

By |2019-01-07T09:18:41-05:00January 7, 2019|News, Press Room|

Broad Coalition of Local Government Organizations Applaud Passage of Water Infrastructure Improvement Act

  Coalition Members Include The United States Conference of Mayors, National Association of Counties, National League of Cities, American Public Works Association, National Association of Regional Councils, National Association of Clean Water Agencies Washington, D.C. – A broad coalition of local government organizations applaud Congress for passage of the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act (H.R. 7279), [...]

By |2018-12-22T15:59:35-05:00December 22, 2018|News, Press Room|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on President Trump Signing the First Step Act

Washington, DC—Below is a statement by United States Conference of Mayors President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on President Trump signing the First Step Act: “America’s mayors are thankful for these long needed federal criminal justice reforms and for the bipartisan leadership of the Congress and the White House. The First Step Act is a [...]

By |2018-12-21T16:19:35-05:00December 21, 2018|News, Press Room|

Nation’s Mayors Applaud Senate Passage of the First Step Act

Washington, DC—Below is a statement by United States Conference of Mayors President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on the Senate passing The First Step Act: “America’s mayors believe that last night’s Senate passage of The First Step Act represents important progress on two fronts.  It is a win for public safety and a win for [...]

By |2018-12-19T15:27:13-05:00December 19, 2018|News, Press Room|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on Trump Administration’s Decision to Ban Bump Stocks

Washington, DC—Below is a statement by United States Conference of Mayors President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on the Trump Administration’s decision to ban bump stocks: “America’s mayors commend the Trump Administration and the U.S. Department of Justice for its decision announced today to remove bump stocks from our cities and our nation.  This is [...]

By |2018-12-18T17:49:01-05:00December 18, 2018|News, Press Room|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on Texas Federal Judge’s Ruling on Affordable Care Act

Washington, DC—Below is a statement by United States Conference of Mayors President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on U.S. District Court Judge Reed O’Connor’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act: “While the Affordable Care will remain intact for now despite U.S. District Court Judge Reed O’Connor’s ruling late Friday night, the nation’s mayors remain deeply [...]

By |2018-12-17T14:53:55-05:00December 17, 2018|News, Press Room|

Nation’s Mayors Applaud Passage of 2018 Farm Bill

Washington, DC—Below is a statement by United States Conference of Mayors President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill: “The nation’s mayors applaud the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill by both the House and Senate. Mayors across the country recognize the critical impact the Farm Bill has on [...]

By |2018-12-13T11:19:41-05:00December 13, 2018|News, Press Room|