USCM leaders meet with new Speaker of the House
The leaders of the Washington-based U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) have presented newly elected House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with a 10-point plan for dealing with important issues in 2007. Topics covered by the plan, “Strong Cities, Strong Families for a Strong America,” include the creation of an energy and environment block grant, federal-local partnerships on crime prevention, and doubling Community Development Block Grant funding to $8 billion.
USCM President and Trenton, N.J., Mayor Douglas Palmer and 13 other mayors met with Pelosi last week to discuss the plan. “We are here to stand with Speaker Pelosi and the new Congressional leadership to forge new partnerships that will invest in families and cities in a way that creates jobs and safe communities, and provides an environment where families and children can thrive,” Palmer says. The 10-point plan will be presented at the USCM’s 75th Winter Meeting in Washington on Jan. 24-26, and more information is available at the USCM Web site, www.usmayors.org.