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Nation’s Mayors Oppose Closing of Southern Border

 Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President, Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin Washington, DC—Below is a statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President, Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on the Trump Administration’s proposal to close the Southern border: "America’s mayors strongly oppose the President’s proposal to close the Southern border in response to the crisis [...]

By |2019-04-01T18:39:06-05:00April 1, 2019|News, Press Room|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President Steve Benjamin on Immigration Crisis  

Washington, DC—Below is a statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President, Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin, on the current immigration crisis: “Our nation is facing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis along the Southern border, and it is spreading to cities across the nation.   While the crisis is most serious in El Paso, where federal and [...]

By |2019-03-28T20:48:16-05:00March 28, 2019|News, Press Room|

Nation’s Mayors Oppose Department of Justice Support of ACA Repeal

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President Steve Benjamin Washington, DC—Below is a statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President, Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin, on the Department of Justice’s decision to support a federal judge’s ruling that the Affordable Care Act should be overturned: “Yesterday’s decision by the Department of Justice to support a [...]

By |2019-03-26T16:36:07-05:00March 26, 2019|News, Press Room|

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|

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|

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|

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|

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