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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|

U.S. Conference of Mayors President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin Elected to Executive Committee of Global Parliament of Mayors

Bristol, England—Today, U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin was elected to the Executive Committee of the Global Parliament of Mayors (GPM).  Unlike any other urban network, the GPM is the first, and only, international organization exclusively for mayors. Founded in 2016, the GPM serves as an unprecedented platform for municipal [...]

By |2018-10-23T08:32:52+00:00October 23, 2018|News, Press Room|

U.S. Conference of Mayors Releases New Report on How Competitive Bidding Can Help Nation’s Troubled Water Infrastructure

Report Shows Cities Could Save Billions of Dollars Over Next Decade on Replacing Aging Pipes Washington, DC—As the nation’s aging infrastructure continues to threaten water systems as well as the country’s health and economic vitality, a new report released today by the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) shows how cities could potentially save billions of [...]

By |2018-10-12T10:04:58+00:00October 12, 2018|News, Press Room|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on Passage of America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018

Washington, DC—Below is a statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on today’s passage of America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018: “The nation’s Mayors applaud Congress’s bipartisan efforts to pass America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, a bill that addresses the pressing needs of the country’s water infrastructure. “The bill [...]

By |2018-10-10T16:59:29+00:00October 10, 2018|News, Press Room|

Nation’s Mayors to DHS Secretary Nielsen: Don’t Punish Immigrants with New Public Charge Rules

Updated October 15, 2018 WASHINGTON, DC —  Today, the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) sent a letter signed by 93 bipartisan mayors from 29 states and the District of Columbia to DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen calling on her to drop the proposed expansion of the “public charge” rule. In the letter, the mayors state, [...]

By |2018-10-16T15:05:09+00:00October 10, 2018|News, Press Room|

Nation’s Mayors Ask HHS Secretary Azar for Clarity Regarding Treatment of Migrant Children

WASHINGTON, DC — United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin has sent a letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar asking for clarity regarding the treatment of the approximately 13,000 migrant children being held in detention centers across the country. Recent reporting has raised several issues of concern about the children’s welfare, [...]

By |2018-10-04T12:00:19+00:00October 4, 2018|News, Press Room|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO & Executive Director Tom Cochran on FCC’s Order Subordinating Local Property Rights

Washington, DC—Below is a statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran on today’s FCC final Order on removing barriers to small cell deployment: “The U.S. Conference of Mayors conveys its strongest opposition to today’s final Order issued by the Federal Communications Commission.  While The U.S. Conference of Mayors supports the nation’s [...]

By |2018-09-26T16:07:20+00:00September 26, 2018|News, Press Room|

Nation’s Mayors Support National Voter Registration Day

With Midterm Elections Just 6 Weeks Away, Cities Work to Ensure All Voices are Heard Washington, DC— Today, to mark National Voter Registration Day, mayors across the country are lending their support to promote voter registration opportunities for residents in their cities in advance of the November elections.  Mayors have committed to hosting events, making voter registration forms readily [...]

By |2018-09-25T10:30:53+00:00September 25, 2018|News, Press Room|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on Trump Administration’s Proposed Changes to Public Charge Rule

Washington, DC—Below is a statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on the Trump Administration’s proposed changes to the Public Charge rule and its impact on the country’s immigrant communities: “The U.S. Conference of Mayors in June unanimously adopted policy opposing the Trump administration’s proposal to penalize lower income immigrant [...]

By |2018-09-23T19:33:27+00:00September 23, 2018|News, Press Room|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on the Passage of the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 

Washington, DC—Below is a statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on the passage of the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018: “We applaud the United States Senate for their 99-1 strong bipartisan vote approving the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 (OCRA) last night. “As President of the United [...]

By |2018-09-18T09:41:07+00:00September 18, 2018|News, Press Room|

As Climate Impacts Threaten Cities, Mayors Take Action

Cities Step in to Lead and Aggressively Fill Void Left by Federal Government   Survey: Mayors Leading the Way on Climate - 2018 SAN FRANCISCO—A survey released today by the United States Conference of Mayors and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) in San Francisco points to mayors as a key force behind [...]

By |2018-09-11T15:14:12+00:00September 11, 2018|News, Press Room|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO & Executive Director Tom Cochran on FCC’s Order Proposing to Usurp Local Property Rights

Washington, DC—Below is a statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran on recent FCC proposals diminishing local government ownership rights over local rights-of-way and other public property: “The U.S. Conference of Mayors strongly opposes recent proposals by the Federal Communications Commission to grant communications service providers subsidized access to local public property and to [...]

By |2018-09-10T18:39:46+00:00September 10, 2018|News, Press Room|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on Meeting with Treasury Secretary on Opportunity Zones

Washington, DC—Today, a bipartisan delegation of mayors, led by U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin, met with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin to discuss the importance of timely and effective IRS guidance to implement the Opportunity Zone provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.  The delegation included Rochester [...]

By |2018-09-06T14:14:11+00:00September 6, 2018|News, Press Room|

U.S. Conference of Mayors Applauds Seventh Circuit Decision to Lift Stay and Stop Attorney General from Imposing “Sanctuary Cities” Conditions on its Members

Washington, DC— Mayors across the country applaud yesterday afternoon’s ruling by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals that enables U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) members to receive Byrne JAG public safety grants without having to adhere to unconstitutional and illegal conditions imposed on that funding by the Attorney General. USCM recently sued in the U.S. [...]

By |2018-08-30T14:39:37+00:00August 30, 2018|News, Press Room|