Tom Cochran

Letter to the FCC Expressing Opposition to “Restoring Internet Freedom Draft Order”

December 7, 2017 Mr. Ajit Pai Chairman, Federal Communications Commission 445 12th Street, SW Washington, DC 20510 Re: Restoring Internet Freedom Draft Order (WC Docket No. 17-108) Dear Chairman Pai, We are writing to you on behalf of the National League of Cities and The United States Conference of Mayors to express our opposition to the recently-released “Restoring [...]

As Tax Reform Hits Senate Floor, Bipartisan U.S. Conference of Mayors Urges Senate To Eliminate Dangerous Double Taxation Proposal, Preserve Health Care

Washington, DC— As the Senate nears a vote on the proposed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the bipartisan U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) today released a letter urging Congressional leaders to preserve the State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction and the advance refunding of bonds; drop repeal of the ACA individual mandate; and provide more [...]

By | 2017-11-30T11:01:58+00:00 November 30, 2017|News, Press Room|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran on Threat to CDBG in Senate Border Security Bill

Washington, D.C. –  U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO & Executive Director Tom Cochran today issued the following statement on the threat to Community Development Block Grant funds in the Senate Border Security Bill -- Building America’s Trust Act: “The nation’s mayors strongly oppose a provision in the Building America’s Trust Act introduced in the Senate Thursday which would withhold Community [...]

Landrieu Takes Helm of U.S. Conference of Mayors, Drawing Sharp Contrast Between Local, Results-Driven Leadership and Washington Dysfunction

Organization’s 75th President Calls for Progress over Partisanship; Tells Mayors ‘It’s Our Time’ MIAMI BEACH— New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu was named the 75th President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) in a gavel-passing ceremony today, accepting the honor from outgoing USCM President Mayor Mick Cornett of Oklahoma City and host-city Mayor Philip Levine of [...]

By | 2017-06-26T18:18:40+00:00 June 26, 2017|85th Annual Meeting, Press Room|

Los Angeles and Hattiesburg, MS Deemed “Most Liveable” Cities in America

  U.S. Conference of Mayors Announces 2017 City Livability Award Winners Miami Beach (FL) — Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Hattiesburg, MS Mayor Johnny DuPree have been awarded first place honors in the 2017 City Livability Awards Program during The U.S. Conference of Mayors’ 85th Annual Meeting in Miami Beach. The award recognizes mayoral [...]

By | 2017-08-04T16:00:35+00:00 June 24, 2017|85th Annual Meeting, News, Press Room|

82 Percent Of Mayors Agree That Pets Positively Impact Their Communities

U.S. Conference Of Mayors Releases Results Of New Survey At 85th Annual Meeting Miami Beach, FL—Today, during its 85th Annual Meeting, the US Conference of Mayors (USCM) released the results of a new survey that asked mayors about the current landscape of pet-friendliness in their cities. Eighty-two percent of the mayors surveyed agreed that providing [...]

By | 2017-06-23T14:47:51+00:00 June 23, 2017|85th Annual Meeting|

U.S. Conference of Mayors Issues Statement on London Terror Attack

   Washington, D.C. –  U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran today issued the following statement on the London terror attack: “The United States Conference of Mayors stands today united with Mayor Sadiq Khan of London and the people of London. “We send condolences to family and loved ones of those dead and [...]

By | 2017-06-04T15:13:16+00:00 June 4, 2017|Criminal and Social Justice, News, Press Room|

Mayors Strongly Oppose Withdrawal From Paris Climate Accord

Vow Continued Commitment to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions  Washington, D.C. – The United States Conference of Mayors strongly opposes President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord and has vowed that the nation’s mayors will continue their commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to alleviate the impacts of global warming. "The U.S. Conference of Mayors [...]

U.S. Conference of Mayors Opposes Passage of House Healthcare Replacement Bill

Washington, D.C. – The nation’s mayors today expressed strong opposition to the American Health Care Act of 2017. In January, mayors came together in a bipartisan manner to put forward key principles and in a U.S. Conference of Mayors letter (Jan 25) to Congress that would help protect our nation's sickest people.  The amended legislation [...]

By | 2017-05-04T18:14:11+00:00 May 4, 2017|Children Health and Human Services, News, Press Room, Updates|

Statement by USCM CEO & Executive Director Tom Cochran on Nationwide Injunction of Executive Order Sanctuary Cities Provisions

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran issued the following statement on today’s ruling of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California: The nation’s mayors applaud today’s decision by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California which granted San Francisco and Santa Clara [...]

Homeland Security Leadership, Mayors Seek Clarity On Immigration Issues

Concluding a nearly two-hour April 24 meeting with top immigration leadership from the Department of Homeland Security, Conference Vice President and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu discussed the need to find consistency and clarity around key issues among DHS, the Justice Department, and the White House. On those issues, he summarized that the mayors and [...]

By | 2017-04-25T13:39:09+00:00 April 25, 2017|Criminal and Social Justice, Immigration Reform, Updates|

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|

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|

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 [...]

Nation’s Mayors to Host Press Conference Call to Promote ‘Day of Action’ in Support of Immigrants & Immigration Reform

  ​  Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 12 noon EDT  Washington, D.C. –  This week, the nation’s mayors are gearing up for a Cities' Day of Immigration Action to be held on Tuesday, March 21.  Events that day will demonstrate support for immigrants in communities across the country and reiterate the mayors’ support for comprehensive immigration reform. U.S. Conference of [...]

By | 2017-03-17T15:48:19+00:00 March 17, 2017|Media Advisories|

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|

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|

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 [...]