Category: Advocacy

House and Senate Introduce Bill to Protect PEG Stations

Members of the House and Senate, led by Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Representative Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) have introduced the “Protecting Community Television Act (S. 3218/H.R. 5659),” which is intended to preserve local cable franchises by clarifying the statutory definition of a franchise fee. This bill was introduced with the endorsement of the National League

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Take Action on the 2020 Cities Agenda

With the 2020 election just around the corner, it is more important than ever to ensure cities, towns, and villages have a place at the table. In a time of deepening partisanship, for local voices to be heard and community issues to be amplified, NLC is proud to announce the latest resource of our Leading

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Infinite Hope (and Action!) for 2020

I never imagined I’d see the year 2020. When I thought about it – even just a few years ago – I envisioned flying cars and space travel. I foresaw a world where our society’s most basic needs – shelter and safety – would be met. I presumed the tenants of local democracy would win

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2020 Federal Advocacy Outlook

Congress is back in session and America’s cities, towns, and villages are looking for 2020 to be a year of action, partnership, and progress. For local leaders and their residents, this year is about addressing critical community priorities before the legislative process slows during the election cycle. Here are a few key things we expect Congress

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Why E-Book Access Matters

As digital technologies become more integrated into how people learn, work and interact, ensuring equal access to e-books is more important than ever. And yet, major publishers have changed the rules on e-book access for public libraries through highly restrictive new pricing and lending practices. Notably, Macmillan Publishers launched a new policy this month that

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Cities Lobby Congress on Substance Use, Mental Health and Homelessness

Every day cities, towns, and villages across the country face challenges posed by mental illness, substance use disorder and homelessness. An effective response by municipal leaders requires a comprehensive, multi-sector approach. On Wednesday, October 30, the National League of Cities held a briefing on Capitol Hill so that local leaders could tell Congress what they need,

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Leading Together: Putting Cities Front and Center in the Campaign for President

Cities are integral to the fabric of America. And with voters going to the polls for the 2020 presidential election in just about a year, our communities must be heard and the opportunities and challenges before us have to be amplified in the race for the White House. At a moment of deepening partisanship, we’re

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Proposed Changes to SNAP Will Have A Direct Effect on Cities’ Economic Development

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service has proposed a rule that would revise categorical eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formally known as food stamps. Specifically, the proposal would provide categorical eligibility only to those who have qualified for ongoing and substantial benefits from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

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EPA, Army Corps Finalizes Repeal of Obama WOTUS Rule

On Sept. 12, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) finalized a rule to repeal the 2015 Clean Water Rule. The 2015 Rule aimed to clarify which waterbodies are federally regulated under the Clean Water Act (CWA) and define which waterbodies are considered a “waters of the

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What Congress Learned from Miami Gardens

This Wednesday, I had the opportunity to represent my city, Miami Gardens, before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Highways & Transit of the Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure. As the Chairman of our Miami-Dade County Transportation Planning Organization, I was asked by my Congresswoman Frederica Wilson to share our experience in fighting congestion

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