Category: Federal Government

In the Senate, Immigration Reform Hits a Wall

This week, the Senate took up debate on immigration reform, a long-awaited moment for both this chamber and the country. On the table were several politically charged issues, including both the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and President Trump’s proposed border wall. But after a week of unsuccessful bargaining and a series of

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President Trump’s Playbook for Infrastructure

After a long wait, Congress now has an extensive infrastructure proposal from the President on their desk to review. The passage of this administration’s infrastructure playbook to Congress kicks off the process in Washington to develop a bipartisan deal that could ramp up the federal partnership in infrastructure investment. For city officials, who have been

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Second Court Orders Trump to Temporarily Maintain DACA

This week, the Supreme Court is expected to decide whether it will review a California federal court’s temporary nationwide injunction to maintain the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. It’s a case that has shaken the national immigration debate and put the Trump administration in a bind regarding enforcement. Now, a federal district court in

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What a Citizenship Question on the Census Would Mean for Cities

There is no question that America’s city leaders share Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’s commitment to a full and fair 2020 Census. Census data is vital to cities for uses including regional planning, economic research, public health initiatives, and allocating more than $600 billion in federal funding to state and local governments. But because city leaders understand

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State Municipal Leagues Tell Congress: “Rebuild With Us”

This week, more than 38 executive directors and local leaders from 21 state municipal leagues across the country traveled to Washington, D.C., for NLC’s second annual state league advocacy fly-in. At meetings on Capitol Hill and at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), state municipal league partners and NLC staff advocated for our top legislative priorities

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Pennsylvania Will Redraw its Gerrymandered House Districts

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to block the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s ruling that the state’s 2011 Congressional redistricting plan constitutes an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander. This is the fourth court in a relatively short period of time to rule that partisan gerrymandering may be unconstitutional. In its ruling, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court gave the Pennsylvania General

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Two Supreme Court Cases Test Limits of Local Authority

By the end of June 2018, the Supreme Court will have decided two cases — Lozman v. City of Riviera Beach and Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement and Power District v. SolarCity — testing the limits of local government authority. Both cases could have serious ramifications for city leaders in the future. And beyond that, the cases

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What Trump’s State of the Union Will Mean for Cities

Last night, President Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union address. In a wide-ranging speech, he presented a vision heavy on bipartisanship and economic prosperity — but light on policy details. For city leaders, the night did little to illuminate upcoming priorities or tactics. With the administration moving into high gear on several

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President Trump, Rebuild With Us

This is a staff post by Irma Esparza Diggs, senior executive and director of federal advocacy at the National League of Cities. Tonight, President Trump gives his first State of the Union address to Congress, and city leaders across the country will be watching to hear how the president plans to fulfill his campaign promise

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In San Francisco, Urging Congress to Invest in Infrastructure

As President Trump prepares to release his principles for an infrastructure package — and as Congress develops their own list of priorities — city leaders know that our communities need strong investment in all areas of infrastructure to remain competitive in the modern economy. America’s cities are already working towards creating that future, and look

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