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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+00:00January 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+00:00January 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+00:00December 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+00:00December 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+00:00December 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+00:00December 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+00:00December 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+00:00December 13, 2018|News, Press Room|

U.S. Conference of Mayors & NYU Launch the Mayors Leadership Institute on Smart Cities

Washington, DC—In the face of rapidly changing technologies that could potentially accelerate progress for American cities, the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) in collaboration with the New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, has launched the Mayors Leadership Institute on Smart Cities (SCI). The goal of the Institute is to [...]

By |2018-12-06T09:05:06+00:00December 6, 2018|News, Press Room|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President and Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on the Passing of President George H.W. Bush

Washington, DC—Below is a statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President and Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on the passing of President George H.W. Bush: “While we mourn the passing of President George H.W. Bush, we celebrate and honor his extraordinary service to our country.  His longstanding commitment to the nation—including his military service in [...]

By |2018-12-01T17:48:34+00:00December 1, 2018|News, Press Room|

U.S. Conference of Mayors President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin Leads Delegation to Attend Inauguration of Mexican President-Elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador

Washington, DC—Under the leadership of U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) President, Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin, the U.S. Conference of Mayors will attend the inauguration of Mexican President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Saturday, December 1, 2018.  The bipartisan delegation includes mayors from across the United States, who were invited by President-elect Obrador, the former [...]

By |2018-11-30T12:19:03+00:00November 30, 2018|News, Press Room|

Nation’s Mayors Register Bipartisan Support for First Step Act of 2018; Urge Swift Passage

Washington, DC—Today, United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin sent a letter to Senator Lindsey Graham to register the strong bipartisan support of the nation’s mayors for the First Step Act of 2018 (S.3649).  A text of the letter can be found below. "This proposed legislation, of which Senator Graham is [...]

By |2018-11-26T19:34:34+00:00November 26, 2018|News, Press Room|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on Shooting in Thousand Oaks, CA

Washington, DC—Below is a statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on last night’s shooting in Thousand Oaks, CA: “Once again, we’ve seen that senseless mass shootings can occur anywhere and anytime.  As a result of last night’s shooting in a bar in Thousand Oaks, CA, 12 people are dead, [...]

By |2018-11-08T12:42:25+00:00November 8, 2018|News, Press Room|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on Mid-Term Elections

Washington, DC—Below is a statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on last night’s mid-term elections: “Last night, we witnessed democracy at work as Americans from coast to coast went to the polls to cast their ballots. The incredible voter turnout, particularly with young people, is inspiring and serves as [...]

By |2018-11-07T11:37:25+00:00November 7, 2018|News, Press Room|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO & Executive Director Tom Cochran on Motion Filed with the FCC by U.S. Cities and the National Local Government Organizations to Stay the Effective Date of its Order Preempting Local Authority    

Washington, DC—Below is a statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran on the Conference of Mayors joining with cities and other local government interests across the nation in requesting the FCC to stay the effective date of its recent order substantially preempting local authority over the installation of small cell [...]

By |2018-11-01T17:02:47+00:00November 1, 2018|News, Press Room|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin in Support of #ShowUpForShabbat

Washington, DC—Below is a statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin in support of #ShowUpForShabbat: "The U.S. Conference of Mayors stands with the American Jewish Committee (AJC) in encouraging members of Jewish communities, mayors and elected officials, civic leaders, and others to attend Sabbath services at local synagogues this Friday [...]

By |2018-10-31T11:02:17+00:00October 31, 2018|News, Press Room|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President Columbia, SC Mayor Steve Benjamin on the Shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh

Washington, DC—Below is a statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh: “The horrific, anti-Semitic attack on worshippers at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday breaks our hearts. The Anti- Defamation League believes this to be the [...]

By |2018-10-28T10:49:06+00:00October 28, 2018|News, Press Room|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President Columbia, SC Mayor Steve Benjamin and USCM CEO & Executive Director Tom Cochran on Bombs Sent to Prominent Persons

Washington, DC—Below is a joint statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin and USCM CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran on the bombs sent to prominent persons this week: “Violence has no place in our political discourse.  America’s mayors condemn the mailing of pipe bombs to former Presidents and other [...]

By |2018-10-25T20:18:36+00:00October 25, 2018|News, Press Room|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO & Executive Director Tom Cochran on City of San Jose et. al. vs. FCC Petition for Review

Washington, DC—Below is a statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran on two Petitions for Review filed by the City of San Jose, California and twenty other western U.S. cities and Los Angeles County in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals challenging the constitutionality and legality of a recent FCC [...]

By |2018-10-25T11:32:56+00:00October 25, 2018|News, Press Room|

Local Government Investment in Public Water and Sewer Hits a Record $123.7 Billion in 2016

Long-term infrastructure investment commitment to clean water and sewer/stormwater management tops $1.99 Trillion from 1993 to 2016 By Rich Anderson Public spending on water and sewer/stormwater management continues to set new nominal dollar highs according to recently released local government Census data for 2016. Overall there was a 4 percent increase in spending from 2015 [...]

By |2018-10-23T19:55:46+00:00October 23, 2018|Mayors Water Council, News|