Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors on Atlanta Shootings

Washington, DC—Below is a statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer on the shootings in Atlanta: “The shootings last night, resulting in the deaths of eight people in and around Atlanta, remind us of the terrible toll that has resulted from the easy availability of guns in our country and

By |2021-03-17T14:50:07-04:00March 17, 2021|News, Press Room|

Nation’s Mayors Applaud as President Biden Signs American Rescue Plan into Law, Thank Him for His Leadership

Washington, D.C. – President Joe Biden today signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 into law, which provides $360 billion in direct financial relief for state and local governments. Since COVID-19 first befell the nation, cities have been on the frontlines of this public health crisis. They have faced rising expenses to fight the virus,

By |2021-03-11T14:17:13-05:00March 11, 2021|News, Press Room|

Nation’s Mayors Applaud House Passage of Background Check Legislation, Urge Swift Action in Senate

Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act and H.R. 1446, the Enhanced Background Checks Act. These lifesaving bills close serious loopholes in the background check system by ensuring that background checks are completed before weapons are sold and that dangerous individuals who should not be in

By |2021-03-11T12:55:24-05:00March 11, 2021|News, Press Room|

Nation’s Mayors Praise Passage of the American Rescue Plan

Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which includes $360 billion in direct financial relief for state and local governments. For nearly a year, many cities have confronted enormous budget deficits as a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic, and today’s vote ensures local officials can keep

By |2021-03-10T14:33:23-05:00March 10, 2021|News, Press Room|

Nation’s Mayors Applaud Passage of the American Rescue Plan in Senate

Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Senate passed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which includes $360 billion in direct financial relief for state and local governments. Since the early days of the COVID-19 crisis, cities have been confronting diminished revenues while taking expensive measures to keep their residents safe, facilitate COVID-19 testing and

By |2021-03-06T13:19:41-05:00March 6, 2021|News, Press Room|

With 83,000 More Jobs Cut, February Jobs Report Underscores Depth of Job Losses in State and Local Government

Employment at State, Local Level Nearly 1.4 Million Below Pre-Pandemic Level Washington, DC—February was yet another dire month in the labor market, particularly at the state and local government level. In its monthly employment survey, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported a drop of 83,000 jobs in state and local government. With jobs in

By |2021-03-05T16:14:19-05:00March 5, 2021|News, Press Room|

Mayors Urge Swift Senate Passage of American Rescue Plan

Washington, DC – Today the Senate introduced a modified version of President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan, including critical funding for local governments. The Senate version of the bill preserves this important component of the plan, which American mayors have been calling for since last spring. To date, most American cities have been left behind

By |2021-03-04T18:09:52-05:00March 4, 2021|News, Press Room|

ICYMI: Since the Beginning of the COVID-19 Crisis, Business Leaders, Economists and First Responders Have Been Sounding the Alarm on the Urgent Need for State and Local Aid

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, America’s cities have been confronting a devastating economic crisis. Revenues have plummeted, forcing cities to lay off critical employees and curtail essential services at a time when residents need them most. At the same time, cities have had to launch expensive initiatives to keep their residents safe, develop

By |2021-03-04T10:15:19-05:00March 4, 2021|News, Press Room|

READOUT: Secretary Mayorkas and American Mayors Convene to Discuss Shared Priorities

Washington, DC—This afternoon, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and a bipartisan delegation from the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) met virtually to discuss critical issues facing American cities. The Secretary and the mayors discussed the need to rebuild the immigration system to make it more just and compassionate, address current immigrant resettlement needs in cities

By |2021-03-04T16:40:04-05:00March 3, 2021|News, Press Room|

Mayors Hail House Passage of the American Rescue Plan, Urge Swift Action in Senate

Bill Includes Urgently Needed Resources for Local Governments Hurt by COVID-19 Pandemic Washington, DC – Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, legislation built on President Joe Biden’s comprehensive plan to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic. Among many critical provisions, the bill includes $350 billion in direct fiscal relief

By |2021-02-27T08:37:02-05:00February 27, 2021|News, Press Room|

Nation’s Mayors Applaud House Passage of the Equality Act

Washington, DC – Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5: The Equality Act, a bill that would ban discrimination against LGBTQ Americans by listing sexual orientation and gender identity as prohibited grounds of employment discrimination under federal law. U.S. Conference of Mayors President Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer released the following statement in support of the

By |2021-02-25T16:41:48-05:00February 25, 2021|News, Press Room|

America’s Mayors Welcome Introduction of Biden-Backed Immigration Plan in Congress

USCM Has Long Called on Congress to Modernize America’s Immigration System Washington, DC – Today New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez and California Representative Linda Sánchez introduced the U.S. Citizenship Act, sweeping legislation to reform America’s immigration system. The bill is based on a plan released by President Joe Biden on his first day in office

By |2021-02-18T12:39:10-05:00February 18, 2021|News, Press Room|

Key House Committee Approves Direct Fiscal Assistance for American Cities

Top Priority for American Mayors in Fight Against COVID Moves Forward Washington, DC – Today the House Committee on Oversight and Reform approved a package of funding that includes $350 billion in direct fiscal assistance to states, local governments, territories and tribes. The legislation is the Committee’s contribution to the larger Biden COVID rescue plan,

By |2021-02-12T21:31:14-05:00February 12, 2021|News, Press Room|

In Letter After Letter, Cities Across the U.S. Urge Congress to Provide Direct Aid to Pandemic-Stricken Local Governments

Washington, D.C. – Across the country, mayors – Republicans, Democrats and Independents – are renewing their call for Congress to provide direct fiscal assistance to all cities and towns of all sizes. Following a letter signed by more than 420 mayors last month, a growing number of cities, including those in Arizona, California, Florida, Kentucky,

By |2021-02-11T12:48:36-05:00February 11, 2021|News, Press Room|

Local Governments Welcome Introduction of Coronavirus Relief Package with Essential Aid

WASHINGTON – The National Association of Counties, National League of Cities, and The U.S. Conference of Mayors today welcomed the U.S. House Oversight and Reform Committee’s State and Local Coronavirus Fiscal Recovery Funds legislation - to be considered as part of a comprehensive COVID-19 federal package. The bill includes $350 billion in critical aid to

By |2021-02-10T21:18:57-05:00February 10, 2021|News, Press Room|

Mayors Applaud President Biden’s Executive Orders to Reunify Families Separated at the Border and Establish a Safe, Lawful Immigration System

Washington, DC – Today, President Joe Biden signed a series of Executive Orders and presidential directives that will reunify families separated at the border and authorize a review of the previous Administration’s damaging immigration policies that limited asylum, made it more difficult for immigrants to be naturalized, significantly expanded the public charge inadmissibility test, and

By |2021-02-02T18:40:24-05:00February 2, 2021|News, Press Room|

More than 400 Bipartisan Mayors Now Signed on To Letter Calling for Action on Direct Fiscal Assistance for Cities

Republican, Democrat and Independent Mayors Want Congress to Pass Relief Included in Biden Rescue Plan Washington, DC – America’s mayors are using their voices to demand Congress finally take action to support cities by passing the fiscal relief for local governments included in President Biden’s American Rescue Plan. A letter to Congress now has 402

By |2021-01-29T13:47:36-05:00January 29, 2021|News, Press Room|

U.S. Conference of Mayors, National League of Cities, and National Association of Counties Press Congress on Urgent Need for Direct Local Aid

Washington, D.C. — This morning, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), the National League of Cities and National Association of Counties held a joint Zoom press conference urging Congress to pass the direct fiscal assistance to cities and counties included in the Biden Administration’s American Rescue Plan. All three organizations have been fighting for communities

By |2021-01-28T19:04:52-05:00January 28, 2021|News, Press Room|
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