Thursday, February 5, 2009

Urging Senate to Pass Economic Stimulus Package

During the past two days, mayors from all over the country have congregated in our nation’s capital to urge the Senate to act quickly on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, a plan that will create jobs, rebuild critical infrastructure, promote energy efficiency and independence, and improve America’s global competitiveness.
Yesterday, a delegation of more than 20 mayors members of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, an organization that I preside, met with White House senior staff and later with to discuss the plan with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and leaders of the House. I also had private meetings with our Senator from Florida, Mel Martinez, and senior staff from Senator Bill Nelson’s office urging swift action.
This economic recovery plan is the best chance we have at creating the 3 to 4 million jobs our country needs right now. The mayors of America know this, which is why they joined me in contacting their Senators, and so far more than 160 mayors have signed on to a letter sent by the USCM urging Congress to act quickly.
We also reminded our Members of Congress that the quickest and most effective way to reverse the current economic downturn and get people back to work is to invest in our cities and metropolitan areas, where close to 90 % of the U.S. population lives. Mayors are at the front lines of this crisis, and we know exactly where we can put dollars to work. And we are ready to go.
During the next few days, the mayors of America urge Congress to keep the interest of the people they represent in mind, and act quickly. The American people cannot afford delay.

- Manny