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Benjamin, Brainard, and Biskupski Tout Climate Actions, Want Renewed Funding for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) 

Conference President Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard and Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski Conference President Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, joined by Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard and Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski, discussed their local climate strategies before a key House Subcommittee yesterday afternoon, urging the panel Members and Congress broadly to invest [...]

Mayors to Testify on How Cities Are Leading the Fight Against Climate Change

 Bipartisan Delegation to Participate in Congressional Hearing on Tuesday, April 2, 11:00 am ET Washington, D.C.—A bipartisan delegation of mayors holding key leadership positions with The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) will testify before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on the Environment and Climate Change on Tuesday, April 1 at 10:00 a.m. ET in a [...]

By |2019-04-02T07:21:35-05:00April 2, 2019|Media Advisories, News|

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|

Spokane Mayor David Condon to Testify at Congressional Hearing on Nation’s Water Infrastructure

Washington, D.C.—Spokane (WA) Mayor David Condon will testify on behalf of the United States Conference of Mayors before the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment on Thursday, March 7 at 10:00 a.m. ET during a hearing titled “The Clean Water State Revolving Fund: How Federal Infrastructure Investment Can Help Communities Modernize Water Infrastructure and [...]

By |2019-03-07T14:04:55-05:00March 6, 2019|Media Advisories, News|

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|

Mayors to Highlight Local Innovations in Workforce Development on Capitol Hill

Washington, D.C.—On Thursday, February 14 at 10 am, The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM), along with the National Association of Workforce Boards, the National League of Cities, and the National Association of Counties will hold a briefing on Capitol Hill to share how they are driving innovation in workforce development at the local level [...]

By |2019-02-14T08:05:08-05:00February 14, 2019|Media Advisories, News|

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|

Vice President Joe Biden to Address Nation’s Mayors

Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 8:45 am ET Capital Hilton Hotel | Washington, DC Washington, D.C. – Former Vice President Joe Biden will address the nation’s mayors during the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) 87th Annual Winter Meeting on Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 8:45 am ET.  The Winter Meeting, which will be held at [...]

By |2019-01-24T12:42:32-05:00January 22, 2019|87th Winter Meeting (2019), Media Advisories, News|

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|

Mayors Continue To Lead Despite Washington Gridlock

Hundreds of Mayors to Push Washington to Address Critical Issues Facing Cities at U.S. Conference of Mayors 87th Winter Meeting **Opening Press Conference: Wednesday, January 23 at 10 am ET** Capital Hilton | Washington, DC Washington, D.C. – As Washington remains mired in gridlock, hundreds of bipartisan mayors from across the country will gather in Washington, [...]

By |2019-01-24T12:42:33-05:00January 21, 2019|87th Winter Meeting (2019), Media Advisories, News|

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|

Integrated Planning Legislation Adopted by Congress

Cities Facing Costly Clean Water Act Mandates Can Use New Tool - May Bring Financial Relief! Congress passed the Integrated Planning bill in late 2018 legislative action; and, it potentially will have a direct financial impact on nearly every person who uses tap water, toilets, showers and other uses that end up in the sewer and wastewater treatment [...]

By |2019-01-08T15:56:13-05:00January 8, 2019|Mayors Water Council|

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|