Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

City Lobby Day to Carry Cities' Priorities to Congress. (2003 City Lobby Day National League of Cities)

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

City Lobby Day to Carry Cities' Priorities to Congress. (2003 City Lobby Day National League of Cities)

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Delegates at the Congressional City Conference will be encouraged to paint Capitol Hill red, carrying the message of Strong Cities for a Strong America during City Lobby Day on Tuesday, March 11.

Conference attendees are encouraged to wear red when they visit Capitol Hill to meet with their senators and representatives and for a kick off event that will present city priorities on a national stage.

The purpose of City Lobby Day is to draw attention to the importance of a strong federal-local partnership and to gain support for NLC'S specific advocacy priorities this year. Buses will take delegates from the Hilton Washington and Towers Hotel to Capitol Hill on Tuesday morning, March 11, for a Lobby Day kick off at 9:30 a.m., followed by strategic meetings with key legislators to discuss the advocacy priorities.

City officials are encouraged to bring along a small "leave behind" item representing their hometown that can be left with senators and representatives when they meet with them.

A City Lobby Day kit will also be available to all conference delegates outlining the overall strategy, desired outcomes and talking points on each of the priorities. The kit will include a "pledge card" outlining cities' pledge to work with the federal government to build a stronger America as well as cities' priorities. This card will also be left with elected officials on Capitol Hill by NLC's delegates.

NLC's advocacy priorities include:

* Passing a sensible economic stimulus package that makes a difference now and includes revenue sharing for targeted investments cities and towns;

* Making America safe by funding the First Responders Initiative to support ongoing local homeland security efforts and critical public safety programs such as the Community Oriented Policing Program (COPS) and the Local Law Enforcement Block Grant;

* Ensuring an adequate supply of affordable housing by continuing to fund successful programs such as the Community Development Block Grant program (CDBG), HOME, HOPE VI, public housing and Section 8;

* Supporting vital transportation systems through a muscled up Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA21) that preserves the partnership with cities and focuses on congestion reduction and smart, sustainable development;

* Protecting America's natural resources that have made our success possible by investing in clean water, clean air and renewed water infrastructure; and

* Investing in kids by funding implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act. …

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