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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|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President and Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on Federal Government’s Efforts to Reunify Separated Families

Washington, DC—Below is a statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President and Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on the federal government’s efforts to reunify separated families: “While America's mayors are pleased that federal authorities reported last night that they have reunited more than 1,800 children separated from their parents at the border, we remain deeply [...]

By |2018-07-27T10:04:51+00:00July 27, 2018|News, Press Room|

U.S. Conference of Mayors and Ohio Mayors Alliance Release Report on Ohio Metro Economies

The U.S. Conference of Mayors and the Ohio Mayors Alliance today released a report on July 19, 2018 on the importance of Ohio city metro areas to the future growth of the Ohio economy.   The report highlights that in 2017, 83.5% of the State’s jobs and 86.1% of its wages were generated in Ohio’s 14 [...]

U.S. Conference of Mayors Sues U.S. Department of Justice

Asks Court to Reinstate Nationwide Injunction of Immigration-related Conditions on Byrne JAG Grants Chicago, IL – The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) filed a complaint against Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois on July 16, 2018.   “We took this action on behalf of our members because [...]

By |2018-07-17T14:48:22+00:00July 17, 2018|News, Press Room|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors Leadership and CEO on President Trump’s Remarks in Helsinki

Washington, DC—Below is statement by the top officers of the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM)--President and Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin, Vice President and Rochester Hills (MI) Mayor Bryan Barnett, Second Vice President and Louisville (KY) Mayor Greg Fischer; Chair of USCM’s International Affairs Committee Dayton (OH) Mayor Nan Whaley; and USCM’s CEO & Executive [...]

By |2018-07-17T12:01:23+00:00July 17, 2018|News, Press Room|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President & Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin On Federal Government Failing to Meet Deadline to Reunify Separated Families

WASHINGTON, DC — Below is a statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President and Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on the federal government failing to meet a court-imposed deadline to reunify separated families: “As America’s mayors, leaders and parents, we are disappointed by the news that federal authorities are unable to comply with a June 26 [...]

By |2018-07-10T19:41:28+00:00July 10, 2018|News, Press Room|

Nation’s Mayors Tell Washington: Reunite Families Now & Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Bipartisan Group of 140 Mayors Send Letter to Administration & Congress; Demand Immediate Action & Transparency WASHINGTON, DC — Today, 140 bipartisan mayors from 35 states and the District of Columbia led by United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) President and Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin issued a letter to the Trump Administration and Congress calling for the immediate [...]

By |2018-07-10T06:57:18+00:00July 2, 2018|News, Press Room|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President and Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on Capital Gazette Shooting

Washington, DC—Below is a statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President and Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on the shooting at the offices of The Capital Gazette in Annapolis, MD: “The tragedy that took place at The Capital Gazette, the 154th mass shooting to take place in our country in 2018 alone, was preventable. The [...]

By |2018-06-29T11:18:56+00:00June 29, 2018|News, Press Room|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President and Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on the Supreme Court’s Decision to Uphold President Trump’s Travel Ban

Washington, DC—Below is a statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President and Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold President Trump’s travel ban: “The U.S. Conference of Mayors is disappointed in the Supreme Court’s decision to allow the President’s travel ban to proceed but respects the highest court in the [...]

By |2018-06-26T14:32:26+00:00June 26, 2018|News, Press Room|

Nation’s Mayors Head to Tornillo, Texas to Call for Immediate Reunification of Separated Families

U.S. Conference of Mayors President & Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin Leads Bipartisan Delegation on Thursday, June 21, 2018 NEW LOCATION FOR PRESS CONFERENCE Tornillo Guadalupe Toll Plaza 1398 Lower Island Road | Fabens, TX 79838 Washington, D.C. – Under the leadership of U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin, a [...]

By |2018-07-02T09:57:20+00:00June 20, 2018|Media Advisories, News|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President and Columbia, SC Mayor Steve Benjamin on President Trump’s Executive Order Addressing Family Separation

Washington, DC—Below is a statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President and Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on President Trump’s Executive Order addressing family separation: “President Trump signed an executive order that will put an end to the separation of families at the border. While this is certainly a step in the right direction, we [...]

By |2018-06-20T15:47:39+00:00June 20, 2018|News, Press Room|

Nation’s Mayors Head to Tornillo, Texas to Protest Trump Administration’s Family Separation Policy

U.S. Conference of Mayors President & Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin Leads Bipartisan Delegation on Thursday, June 21, 2018 Press Conference Scheduled for 9 am MDT Tornillo Migrant Facility Washington, D.C. – Under the leadership of U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin, a bipartisan delegation of mayors from across the [...]

By |2018-06-20T12:36:46+00:00June 19, 2018|Media Advisories, News|

Cities Across the U.S. Join the BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ Movement to Improve the Lives of Local Pets

U.S. Conference of Mayors, Mars Petcare issue $100,000 in grants to three winning cities plus $1 million in NUTRO™ food donation to support nearly 50 applicant cities BOSTON, June 8, 2018 – As more families welcome pets into their lives, the demand for infrastructure and resources are on the rise. Cities across the U.S. are [...]

By |2018-06-15T18:41:18+00:00June 15, 2018|86th Annual Meeting (Boston 2018), News, Press Room|

U.S. Conference of Mayors Launches The Mayors and Business Leaders Center for Inclusive and Compassionate Cities

As National Discourse Becomes More Divisive, Mayors Take the Lead in Promoting Tolerance, Equality and Unity Boston, MA – During its Annual Meeting in Boston, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) announced the establishment of the Mayors and Business Leaders Center for Inclusive and Compassionate Cities.  The Center will focus on creating a strong and [...]

By |2018-06-11T12:50:05+00:00June 11, 2018|86th Annual Meeting (Boston 2018), Meetings, News, Press Room|

U.S. Conference of Mayors, Wells Fargo Announce 2018 CommunityWINS Grants

Program honors mayors and nonprofits in Long Beach, Calif., and Dayton and Youngstown, Ohio (BOSTON, June 11, 2018) – The U.S. Conference of Mayors and Wells Fargo today announced that Mayors Robert Garcia of Long Beach, Calif.; Nan Whaley of Dayton, Ohio; and Jamael Tito Brown of Youngstown, Ohio, received top honors on behalf of [...]

By |2018-07-03T21:42:02+00:00June 11, 2018|86th Annual Meeting (Boston 2018), Meetings, News, Press Room|

U.S. Conference of Mayors Names Winners of Civic Tech Pitch Competition at Annual Meeting in Boston

Contest Shines Spotlight on Innovative Technologies that Deliver Practical Solutions to Cities Boston, MA – The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) has named OpenCounter as the winner of the Mayor’s Matchup: Civic Tech Pitch Competition where emerging companies pitched their ideas to address challenges facing cities in a “Shark Tank”-style forum. The competition was part of [...]

By |2018-06-11T09:03:41+00:00June 11, 2018|86th Annual Meeting (Boston 2018), Meetings, News, Press Room|

Tampa & Broken Arrow Deemed “Most Livable” Cities In America

U.S. Conference of Mayors Announces 2018 City Livability Award Winners at Annual Meeting in Boston | Saturday, June 9 Boston (MA) — Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Broken Arrow (OK) Mayor Craig Thurmond have been awarded first place honors in the 2018 City Livability Awards Program during The U.S. Conference of Mayors’ 86th Annual Meeting [...]

By |2018-06-09T14:44:29+00:00June 9, 2018|86th Annual Meeting (Boston 2018), Meetings, News, Press Room|