Category: Federal Government

Local Transportation Wins in House Moving Forward Act

The Rebuild With Us campaign called on Congress to pass a comprehensive infrastructure package, and on July 1, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Moving Forward Act (H.R.2). This is the first installment in a local leader blog series from NLC’s Federal Advocacy committee chairs that will showcase wins for cities, towns and villages as we

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Cities Must Continue to Lead with Urgency

When I was officially elected President of the National League of Cities at City Summit in November, I spoke to you and my fellow local leaders about my presidential platform: Leading with Urgency. The foundation for my vision for cities, towns and villages this year was meant to drive our communities forward on key areas, including infrastructure, housing instability, and partnerships between levels of government. 

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Consensus is Growing: More Emergency Funding is Essential for Local Governments

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On Thursday, June 11, the National League of Cities (NLC) hosted local and federal elected officials for an audience of hundreds of local leaders and Congressional staff in a virtual briefing on America’s economic recovery. After opening remarks and an overview of the Cities Are Essential campaign from Clarence E. Anthony, NLC CEO and Executive Director, and Irma Esparza Diggs, NLC’s Director of Federal Advocacy, attendees

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Cities Are Essential. We’re Fighting to Prove It.

COVID-19 has changed our world.   The landscape, lives and livelihoods of our communities throughout the United States will forever be impacted. As America’s cities, towns and villages face falling revenues, strapped budgets and challenges to health and well-being, one thing is abundantly clear: To chart a path back to normalcy, we must come together as a nation.  Right now, local governments are doing what we do best – care for

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How Mesa is Using Data to Guide CARES Relief

As the third-largest city in the State of Arizona and one of the largest cities in the Unites States, Mesa is taking a proactive approach to learning about our community needs. We decided that the best way to help our residents, our non-profits and our business community was to go directly to the source and ask.  This early research is key to helping Mesa

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Our Fight For Local Funding During COVID-19 Continues

On Tuesday, the Senate passed an interim package to provide $484 billion to small businesses and hospitals. The House is expected to vote on the bill tomorrow. Unfortunately, neither the Coronavirus Community Relief Act nor proposals to use funds from the Coronavirus Relief Fund in the CARES Act to offset lost local revenue were included in this legislation.

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State, Local and Federal Partnership: An Essential Tool in Addressing COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has demanded an “all-hands-on-deck” response from all levels of our nation’s governance structure. Mayors, council members, city and county health officials, governors, as well as the Administration and Congress, are all working to ensure that response and recovery efforts are “locally executed, state managed, and federally supported.” In communities large and small,

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The Deal is Done: How Much Can Cities Expect from the 3rd Coronavirus Package?

Today, Congress passed and the President signed the CARES Act, which, among many things, provides local governments funding to meet the immediate needs of residents, households, and small businesses on the economic margins. The Coronavirus Relief Fund, established under the CARES Act, provides $150 billion for state, local and tribal governments to use to cover

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CCC Ends Atop Capitol Hill with Advocacy Day

Capitol Hill Advocacy Day is the culmination of all the calls to action in NLC’s Congressional City Conference programming. This year, Annual Capitol Hill Advocacy Day was a huge success and reaffirmed that local-federal leaders must lead together and with urgency, during these unprecedented times.   On Wednesday, March 11th, municipal officials across the 39 states participating in Hill Day were briefed

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Top Moments from Congressional City Conference 2020

This week local officials, partners, and municipal staff traveled to our nation’s capital for the 55th annual Congressional City Conference (CCC). America’s largest legislative conference for local leaders saw important policy discussions, engaging general session speakers, collaborative networking opportunities, and a spotlight on the power of cities, towns and villages.  Here are our top moments:  Two Presidential Candidates Commit to Leading Together 

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