Category: White House

What City Leaders Need to Know about the FY18 Spending Bill

This week, city leaders achieved a major legislative victory with the enactment of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, which boosts funding levels for dozens of city priorities across multiple agencies in the federal budget. For many cities, the threat of significant funding cuts has loomed over council meetings and municipal budget committees for more

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At Veterans Affairs, Change Comes Amid Renewed Opportunity

Wednesday’s dismissal of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Shulkin via presidential tweet is the latest in a string of high-level administration personnel changes. But this particular change in leadership is different — for it also comes on the heels of the first increase in veteran homelessness in seven years. In spite of these dynamics,

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How to Rebuild America’s Infrastructure

This week at the 2018 Congressional City Conference, NLC President Mark Stodola delivered an address on America’s infrastructure needs and NLC’s #RebuildWithUs campaign for city leaders. That speech is reprinted here with minor edits. Good morning. I want to thank all of you for taking time out of your busy schedules to travel to Washington,

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Five Things to Watch This Week at CCC

This Sunday, thousands of city leaders from across America convene in Washington to advocate for local priorities at the Congressional City Conference. From NLCU workshops to advocacy briefings and our Capitol Hill Advocacy Day, opportunities to engage at the federal level will abound. Here’s our insider’s guide to how to engage, what to watch, and where

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Trump Administration Sues California over Sanctuary Laws

Most of the Trump administration’s disagreements over protecting undocumented immigrants have been with local governments. From Chicago to San Francisco, city leaders have drawn challenges over so-called “sanctuary city” policies, with mixed results on both sides. But on March 6, the Trump administration escalated its dispute in a serious way — by filing a complaint

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Ninth Circuit Temporarily Strikes Down Third Travel Ban

When, last month, the Ninth Circuit issued an opinion temporarily striking down President Trump’s third travel ban, the move was met with little fanfare. There are two likely reasons. First, the decision came down right before Christmas (December 22). And in early December, the Supreme Court allowed the third travel ban to go into effect until

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In Washington, NLC Leaders Represent City Priorities

For Washington, DC, August is a quiet month. With Congress in recess and the President typically on vacation, the federal government has a chance to hear from constituents and work on long-term plans and issues. For NLC’s Federal Advocacy Committees, however, that pause in the action is golden opportunity. This week, over three dozen city

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