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November 14, 2012

Mayors lobby Congress on fiscal cliff

A bipartisan group of mayors came to Washington Wednesday to ask Congress to avert spending cuts that could throw the economy back into a recession.

U.S. Conference of Mayors President Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter and others will meet behind closed doors with lawmakers to explain the impact that the cuts would have on local communities.  

The mayors recently released a letter – now signed by 163 mayors – calling on Congress to work together to find a bi-partisan solution to achieve deficit reduction that encourages economic growth in the nation’s cities and metropolitan areas.  

The cuts are slated to take effect as the result of a bipartisan deal struck last year to raise the nation’s debt ceiling. The first $109 billion, including $55 billion in defense reductions, are set to take effect in January unless Congress and the president acts.

See the list of mayors in Washington today below:

Philadelphia (PA) Mayor Michael Nutter

Scott Smith of Mesa, AZ

Joseph P. Riley, Jr. of Charleston, SC

Don Plusquellic of Akron, OH

Michael Hancock of Denver, CO

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake of Baltimore, MD

Stephen Benjamin of Columbia, SC

Patrick Henry Hays of North Little Rock, AR

Michael Bissonnette of Chicopee, MA

Setti Warren of Newton, MA

Paul Soglin of Madison, WI

Alvin Brown of Jacksonville, FL

R.T. Rybak of Minneapolis, MN


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