Press Room

Local Leaders Sound Alarm on Plan to Eliminate CDBG in FY ’18 Budget

Host Conference Call with Reporters During National Community Development Week  Washington, D.C. –  In the middle of Community Development Week (April 17-22), mayors and local leaders across the country today lifted their voices in support of the many accomplishments of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and its ability to positively impact residents and transform communities. On [...]

By | 2017-04-19T18:05:41+00:00 April 19, 2017|CDBG, Community Development and Housing, News, Press Room|

Local Leaders Sound Alarm on Plan to Eliminate Community Development Block Grant Funding

Host Conference Call with Reporters During National Community Development Week:   Wednesday, April 19th at 11:30 am ET  Washington, D.C. –  During National Community Development Week, which runs from April 17-21 and highlights the accomplishments of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, mayors and local leaders will host a national press conference call on Wednesday, [...]

Mayors Send Letter to President Trump in Support of U.S. Response to Syria’s Chemical Weapons Attack

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Conference of Mayors sent a letter today to President Donald J. Trump to express support for the recent air strikes on a Syrian airbase.  The letter was signed by USCM President Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, USCM Vice President New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, USCM Second Vice President Columbia Mayor [...]

By | 2017-04-08T16:28:19+00:00 April 8, 2017|International Affairs, Press Room|

U.S. Mayors Issue Bipartisan Call for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

  Washington, D.C. -- Through the U.S Conference of Mayors, 101 mayors from 33 states are jointly calling on Congress to fix the nation’s broken immigration system by passing bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform legislation.  From cities large and small, the mayors have signed a bipartisan letter urging members of both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate to enact comprehensive immigration reform that would: Strengthen our borders while [...]

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed to Testify on the ‘FAST’ Act

Washington, D.C. – On behalf of The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed will testify before the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit hearing on Tuesday, April 4th at 10 a.m. ET during a hearing titled ‘Fixing America’s Surface Transportation’ (FAST) Act Implementation:  State and Local Perspectives.’ Mayor Reed, who Chairs the Conference’s [...]

The U.S. Conference of Mayors Issues Statement on Energy Independence and Economic Growth Executive Order

  Washington, D.C. – U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran today issued the following statement in response to the Administration’s Executive Order titled ‘Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth’: "The U.S. Conference of Mayors is a strong proponent of the need to address climate change and supports the Paris agreement, which [...]

By | 2017-03-29T18:14:17+00:00 March 29, 2017|Energy, Environment, Press Room|

Statement by USCM CEO & Executive Director Tom Cochran on Today’s Remarks by Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Washington, D.C. – USCM CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran today issued the following statement on today’s remarks on Sanctuary Jurisdictions by Attorney General Jeff Sessions: “Today U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions accused some states and cities of adopting ‘policies designed to frustrate the enforcement of our immigration laws.’  This statement is incorrect, unfortunate, and [...]

By | 2017-03-27T17:30:15+00:00 March 27, 2017|Criminal and Social Justice, Immigration Reform, Press Room|

U.S. Conference of Mayors Stand in Solidarity with Immigrants, Urges Immigration Reform

Washington, D.C. – Today, mayors from more than 60 cities across the country joined together to lift their voices in support of immigrants and immigration reform in a ‘Cities Day of Immigration Action.’ U.S. Conference of Mayors leaders Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait and Seattle Mayor Ed [...]

By | 2017-03-21T16:59:13+00:00 March 21, 2017|Immigration Reform, Press Room|

Audio Press Conference on Cities Day of Action for Immigration Reform

Listen to the press conference here: Featuring: Tom Cochran, CEO and Executive Director Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Chair of the Latino Alliance of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait, Co-Chair of the Immigration Reform Task Force Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, Co-Chair of the Immigration Reform Task Force Seattle Mayor Ed [...]

The U.S. Conference of Mayors Issues Statement on Report From ICE on Declined Detainers

U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran issued the following statement on the Report from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Declined Detainers: “The U.S. Conference of Mayors has serious concerns with the Declined Detainer Outcome Report ICE released today. “It lists jurisdictions as non-compliant that are currently complying with federal law, [...]

By | 2017-03-21T06:12:45+00:00 March 21, 2017|Criminal and Social Justice, Immigration Reform, Press Room|

The U.S. Conference of Mayors Opposes Proposed Elimination of Community Development Block Grants, Other Key Priorities

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) today pushed back on Administration’s initial “skinny” budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018.  The document entitled, “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again,” proposes deep cuts in funding for many local programs, and eliminates the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which impacts [...]

By | 2017-04-04T14:26:10+00:00 March 16, 2017|CDBG, Community Development and Housing, Press Room|

Mayors, County Officials, City Councilors from America’s Counties, Cities, Towns, Villages and Hamlets Will Fight Trump Plan to Eliminate Community Development Block Grants

Federal FY 2018 Budget Eliminates Critical Program for Cities, Counties Washington, D.C. – The following joint statement was issued today from U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO & Executive Director Tom Cochran, National Association of Counties Executive Director Matthew Chase, and National League of Cities Executive Director Clarence Anthony following news of the Trump Administration’s plan to [...]

By | 2017-04-04T14:26:21+00:00 March 9, 2017|CDBG, Press Room|

The Nation’s Mayors Express Serious Concern Over GOP Replacement Healthcare Bill

  Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) today issued the following statement in response to the draft GOP’s measure to replace the current healthcare law: “Upon review of the recently released GOP Affordable Care Act repeal and replacement plan, we are very concerned that the new bill has been issued without knowing how much [...]

By | 2017-03-07T20:59:41+00:00 March 7, 2017|Press Room|

The Nation’s Mayors Bring United Front to Washington on Behalf of Cities, Metro Residents

Push Bipartisan Priorities with Administration & Congress During U.S. Conference of Mayors Leadership Meeting Washington, D.C. — Following their national day of action in support of affordable and comprehensive health care in February, the US Conference of Mayors (USCM) leadership spent two days in Washington, DC pressing Administration officials and Congressional leaders for details on issues important to [...]

By | 2017-03-06T19:17:28+00:00 March 6, 2017|Press Room|

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to Address Mayors in Open Session of U.S. Conference of Mayors Leadership Meeting  

Mayors to Push Bipartisan Priorities with Administration & Congress Washington, D.C. — On the heels of President Trump’s joint address to Congress, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt will address the nation’s mayors in a morning session tomorrow at 9:30am in the Federal Room of the Capital Hilton Hotel.  This session is OPEN TO PRESS COVERAGE. The meeting with [...]

By | 2017-03-02T07:43:54+00:00 March 2, 2017|Media Advisories, Press Room|

U.S. Conference of Mayors Lift Voices On Affordable Care Act Repeal Effort

Repeal Will Threaten Safety of Low-Income Americans & Put Hospitals in Economic Jeopardy Washington, D.C. – The nation’s mayors stressed, once again today, the serious impact that losing healthcare coverage would have on millions of Americans noting the effects of repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will be most heavily felt at the local level. On [...]

National Endowment for the Arts and United States Conference of Mayors Partner on Mayors’ Institute on City Design

Washington, D.C. -- Today the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) announce a new agreement to continue the partnership that oversees the Mayors' Institute on City Design (MICD) program. Founded in 1986 by former Charleston, South Carolina, Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr., the MICD has helped prepare [...]

By | 2017-02-22T09:32:38+00:00 February 6, 2017|Press Room, Tourism Arts Parks Entertainment and Sports|

The U.S. Conference of Mayors Registers Strong Support for Refugees and Immigrants

Washington, D.C.  – The U.S. Conference of Mayors top officers issued the following statement today in response to President Trump’s Executive Order issued late Friday halting the admission of refugees or other immigrants into the United States: “At our June 2016 annual meeting The U.S. Conference of Mayors adopted policy recognizing our country’s “strong tradition [...]

U.S. Mayors, Police Chiefs Concerned with Sanctuary Cities Executive Order

Washington, D.C. – The following joint statement was issued today by U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO & Executive Director Tom Cochran and Major Cities Chiefs Association President and Montgomery County, MD Chief of Police J. Thomas Manger regarding President Trump’s Executive Order, Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States: “Mayors and police [...]

The Nation’s Mayors Stress Impact of Affordable Care Act Repeal

Washington, D.C. – The nation’s mayors today spoke out to stress the serious impact that losing healthcare coverage would have on millions of Americans. Following The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) 85th Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C. last week where more than 300 mayors gathered, Conference of Mayors officers, Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, New [...]