Category: Federal Government

How City Leaders Should Engage with the Refugee Resettlement Order

On September 26, 2019, the President signed an Executive Order that puts into place new requirements for State and Local governments on issues pertaining to refugee resettlement. The EO states that refugees shall only be resettled in those jurisdictions in which both the State and Local government have consented to receive refugees under the Department of State’s Reception

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New EPA Action Plan to Enhance Local Water Resources

Local officials can weigh in on national water policy that will affect their communities. In September,  the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the release of a draft National Water Reuse Action Plan (Draft Action Plan) that highlights key actions that support consideration and implementation of water reuse, which can be a valuable tool to

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2020 Candidates Address Local Leaders

On the main stage at City Summit in San Antonio, in front of nearly 4,000 local leaders, two 2020 presidential candidates shared their plans to strengthen local communities in America. Continuing the National League of Cities’ 95-year legacy of non-partisanship, 2020 presidential candidates from both sides of the aisle participated. Moderated by Kim Hart, Cities

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A New Agenda For America’s Cities

Today, our nation’s cities, towns and villages commit to Leading Together. On the main stage at the National League of Cities’ City Summit Conference in San Antonio, Texas, Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles, California unveiled the ‘Leading Together 2020 Cities Agenda,’ a platform, plan and partnership for the 2020 presidential election and beyond. This

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The Risk of Another Government Shutdown is Increasing

This week, Congress is expected to extend their deadline again for passing the twelve annual spending bills. Following the first deadline of October 1st, the start of a new fiscal year, Congress voted to extend the deadline to November 22nd.  With the new deadline rapidly approaching, Congress is expected to give themselves additional time by

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5 Steps Your City Can Take to Boost Building Energy Efficiency by 10%

The year-long process to develop the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code culminates with cities’ online vote beginning November 18. In just a few days, cities across the country have a golden opportunity to boost the efficiency of America’s Model Building Energy Code (the International Energy Conservation Code, or IECC) by at least 10%. Buildings are

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Water Infrastructure Bills Advance in House

Last week, two bipartisan water infrastructure bills that advance NLC’s Rebuild With Us infrastructure campaign saw action in the House. Together, the bills address the nation’s aging water infrastructure and provide communities with additional flexibility in improving their water systems. On Oct. 28, the House passed the Full Utilization of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund

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NLC, Local Allies Oppose Wireless Petitions Before FCC

NLC is continuing the fight against telecom preemption. We have joined a number of local governments and municipal organizations throughout the country in opposition to recent proposals from the Wireless Industry Association (WIA) and the Communications Technology Industry Association (CTIA). These proposals aim to further limit local oversight of wireless towers and pole attachments. The

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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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Preparing for Drones to Fly in Cities

Scooters, scoot over. Drones may be the next big technology to arrive in cities. There are nearly 1.3 million registered drones in the United States, and more than 116,000 registered drone operators. The technology is relatively cheap, business interest and recreational use is high, and all that’s holding major industry actors – UPS, Amazon, Uber

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