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Mayors to DC Lawmakers: 'We're The Best Partner' You Have

Mayors to DC Lawmakers: 'We're The Best Partner' You Have
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu (Jacquelyn Martin, AP File)

By    |   Friday, 04 August 2017 08:27 AM

Mayors around the country said lawmakers should look to them to help take on issues such as infrastructure, tax reform, and healthcare.

"We're not a special interest group, we're the best partner that they have to deliver to our identical taxpayers services that are much, much needed," Mitch Landrieu, president of the United States Conference of Mayors, told Politico in an interview. 

"We're the generals on the field, on the ground, actually making it happen and suffering the consequences or benefiting from the choices or being hurt by the ones that Congress makes. We're here to educate them and to offer our hand in constructive partnership," Landrieu, the mayor of New Orleans, told the website.

The conference, which includes both Democratic and Republican mayors, met with the offices of Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and others during a Washington trip earlier in the week.

"If you need an aircraft carrier, it is great that we have the federal government. If you need a driver's license, I'm really glad the state can take care of that. Nearly every other service that people receive from government on a daily basis comes by and through the cities," John Giles, mayor of Mesa, Arizona, told Politico.

Giles and other mayors criticized Congress and the Trump administration for their lack of progress.

"I think the answer is we all need to be a little more collaborative. We need to reject the model that the federal government has kind of fallen into, particularly in the last year or so, of taking a small group of men and sending them into a room and closing the door and thinking that's the best way to solve the problem," Giles said.

Greg Fischer, the mayor of Louisville, Kentucky, told the website lawmakers are still trying to figure out how to work within the current political scene.

"My observation is people around today are walking around in a daze in the Capitol. Because they haven't seen anything like this—the last six months—before," Fischer said.

He pointed to the opioid crisis, saying that block grants directly to cities could help.

"Our fear at the city level is that this is just getting much bigger, much faster, and then you have a plodding federal government," he added.

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