NLC Policy Units Assert Local Importance in Federal Equation

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Delegates to the Congress of Cities called on the new administration of President-elect Clinton to redirect federal spending and reinvest in the nation's cities. The policy statements and resolutions adopted at NLC's annual business meeting reasserted local authority over local concerns and the federal role in the future of cities.

Resolutions from the Board of Directors, and two policy committees reaffirmed NLC's acknowledgment that the end of the Cold War should coincide with federal recommitment to economic conversion and investment in physical and human resources. Much of the policy language adopted by the membership also focused on the problem of unfunded federal mandates.

The following highlights policy changes recommended by the five standing policy committees and ratified by the membership without amendment at the Annual Business Meeting.

Energy, Environment and Natural Resources (EENR)

EENR amendments to the National Municipal Policy call on the federal government to take a more aggressive role on alternative fuels and support federal initiatives to increase energy efficiency of personal residences. The policy committee also amended its Superfund policy and added new policy to address the reuse of abandoned/defunct industrial areas impaired by environmental contamination.

Resolutions adopted in the EENR chapter include support for efforts to assess risk assessment; a resolution encouraging the development of local, state and regional household hazardous waste programs; support for a lead hazard trust fund; and a resolution encouraging the federal government to reduce the use of CFC/ODCs.

Human Development (HD)

NLC's HD Committee adopted policy changes on health care; crime and violence focusing on the growing impact to demonstrate NLC's strong concern over the growing impact of violent crime in cities; and education to better reflect the role of cities in public education.

The collective focus of HD was on prevention and improving the quality of life in the nation's cities and towns. Resolutions in the Human Development area include; support for the Mickey Leland Childhood Hunger Relief Bill and long-term support to end homelessness.

Transportation and Communication (T&C)

The T&C Committee amended NMP to include a new policy on access to computerized information; and safeguards against anti-competitive practices of Bell operating companies. …