The LMC president and staff spoke with members of Congress about city priorities.
(Published Feb 11, 2019)
As part of the National League of Cities’ third annual fly-in on Feb. 7, LMC President Heidi Omerza and Intergovernmental Relations Representative Ann Lindstrom spent the day on Capitol Hill talking with members of Congress about city priorities.
Within the NLC’s framework of “Rebuild With Us,” municipal representatives spoke to the importance of dedicated, reliable funding streams to rebuild and maintain the nation’s infrastructure.
Omerza and League staff also spoke with members of Congress about other city priorities, including preventing future federal government shutdowns and broadband expansion.
At the morning’s City 101 briefing for new members of Congress and staff, U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.) summarized the role of cities within the country and the importance of municipal advocacy on Capitol Hill: “Cities are the United States of America, not a special interest group. The state of the union is the state of our cities.”
The day included a meeting with newly elected Rep. Pete Stauber, from the 8th Congressional District of Minnesota. Stauber has a local government background having served on the Hermantown City Council and as a St. Louis County commissioner.
League staff, board members, and many Minnesota city officials will return to Washington, D.C., in March for NLC’s Congressional City Conference.
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