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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 Meet in Flint, MI to Discuss Urgent Need to Update Water Infrastructure

Press Conference on Friday, October 12 at 10:15 am EDT Washington, DC—As the nation’s aging infrastructure continues to threaten water systems and the health and economic vitality of cities across the country, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), under the leadership of Conference President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin, will convene USCM’s Water Council in [...]

By |2018-10-10T11:24:18+00:00October 10, 2018|Media Advisories, News|

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 to Meet in Columbia, SC

Ahead of Midterm Elections, U.S. Conference of Mayors Holds Fall Leadership Meeting to Craft Action Plan to Move Country Beyond Washington Gridlock  Press Conference: Friday, September 28 at 12 noon EDT Hilton Columbia Center Hotel  Washington, DC—Under the leadership of U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin, a bipartisan delegation of [...]

By |2018-09-26T16:12:50+00:00September 26, 2018|Media Advisories, News|

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|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President and Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on Senator John McCain’s Passing

Washington, DC—Below is a statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President and Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on Senator John McCain’s passing: “I was watching a movie about superheroes with my young daughters this evening when I learned that America had lost a real life hero. I had the opportunity to explain to them in [...]

By |2018-08-25T22:11:15+00:00August 25, 2018|News, Press Room|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President and Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on the EPA’s Proposed Affordable Clean Energy Rule

Washington, DC—Below is a statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President and Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on the EPA’s proposed affordable clean energy rule: “We are extremely disappointed that the Environmental Protection Agency, through their proposed Affordable Clean Energy Rule, has chosen to dramatically weaken our nation’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. “With [...]

By |2018-08-21T14:07:12+00:00August 21, 2018|News, Press Room|

Conference of Mayors Obtains Preliminary Injunction Leading to 21-day Extension for Byrne JAG Award Recipients

In response to an overnight emergency motion filed by the United States Conference of Mayors’ lawyers in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, today the Attorney General consented to a 21-day extension, or until August 31, 2018, for all Byrne JAG award recipients to accept their awarded funds. The Attorney General previously said [...]

By |2018-08-10T16:31:20+00:00August 10, 2018|Criminal and Social Justice, Immigration Reform, Updates|

As Trump Administration Considers Reduction of Refugee Cap for 2019, Nation’s Mayors Push for Increase

Washington, DC—Today, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), led by USCM President and Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin and USCM CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran, sent a letter to President Trump urging him to increase, not decrease, refugee admission levels in 2019. The most recent policy adopted by USCM on this issue calls for [...]

By |2018-08-06T14:09:26+00:00August 6, 2018|News, Press Room|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO & Executive Director Tom Cochran on FCC’s Actions Against Local Governments and Their Property Rights

Washington, DC—Below is a statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran on the FCC’s actions yesterday against local governments and their property rights: “The U.S. Conference of Mayors strongly opposes actions by the Federal Communications Commission that will subordinate local governments and their property rights to the benefit of the nation’s communications [...]

By |2018-08-03T10:51:37+00:00August 3, 2018|News, Press Room|