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L.A.'s Villaraigosa joins other mayors to lobby Congress on Economic Recovery Plan

Posted: February 10, 2009 6:49 p.m.
Updated: February 10, 2009 4:25 p.m.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2009 (PRNewswire-USNewswire) -- A delegation of American mayors including Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will meet tomorrow with lawmakers on Capitol Hill in a final push for passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Mayors have stressed that investing in Main Street metropolitan economies, which comprise 90% of our gross domestic product and drive the national economy, is the most direct path to creating jobs and stimulating the business that can begin to reverse the current economic downturn.

Mayors believe that the American people cannot afford delay and are urging Congress to quickly pass a recovery bill now.

The mayors include:
* Trenton (NJ) Mayor Douglas H. Palmer, Immediate USCM Past President
* Akron (OH) Mayor Donald L. Plusquellic, USCM Past President
* Charleston (SC) Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr., USCM Past President
* Los Angeles (CA) Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
* Philadelphia (PA) Mayor Michael Nutter
* Elizabeth (NJ) Mayor Christian Bollwage
* North Little Rock (AR) Mayor Patrick Henry Hays
* Santa Ana (CA) Mayor Miguel A. Pulido
* Fresno (CA) Mayor Ashley Swearengin
* Others TBD
* USCM CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran

The U.S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are 1,139 such cities in the country today, each represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the Mayor.


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