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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Conference of Mayors President Philadelphia Michael A. Nutter, along with USCM Second Vice-President Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed will hold a press conference at the National Press Club on Thursday, September 20th to express the organization’s strong opposition to sequestration cuts.
Mayors will explain the local impact that sequestration cuts would have on their communities and residents. Mayors will also release a bi-partisan letter with signatures of mayors from across the country strongly encouraging Congress to work together to find a bi-partisan and balanced solution to achieve deficit reduction that facilitates, not undermines, economic growth in the nation’s cities and metropolitan areas.
As cities and their suburbs represent nearly 90 percent of the nation’s wage and salary income, 86 percent of the nation’s employment, and are where the majority of people in this country live, mayors maintain that cities and their metro areas – which drive the national economy — will unfairly bear the impact of automatic, across-the-board cuts.
WHO: Philadelphia (PA) Mayor Michael Nutter, USCM President
Sacramento (CA) Mayor Kevin Johnson, USCM Second Vice-President
Atlanta (GA) Mayor Kasim Reed, USCM Transportation Committee Chai
Salt Lake City (UT) Mayor Ralph Becker, USCM Community Development and Housing Vice-Chair
Minneapolis (MN) Mayor R.T. Rybak, USCM Metro Ports and Exports Task Force Vice-Chair
Tom Cochran, USCM CEO and Executive Director
WHAT : Press Conference to Vocalize Opposition to Sequestration Cuts &
Call for a Balanced Approach
WHEN: Thursday, September 20th at 1 p.m.
WHERE: The National Press Club – First Amendment Room
529 14th Street, NW 20045
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Elena Temple Webb
Director of Communications
US Conference of Mayors
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