September 20th, 2011
01:43 PM ET
Crumbling bridges and highways, aging water systems and airports- these are the real life concerns a group of mayors from the nation's 50 biggest cities is bringing toWashingtonless than one week after the president's jobs proposal. Mr. Obama's jobs bill would create an infrastructure bank to finance new projects and at the same time help create jobs.
Meeting today at the White House, half a dozen key members from the non-partisan U.S. Conference of Mayors told the president's top advisors they're tired of the gridlock inWashington.
"At a time here inWashingtonwhen those in the beltway bubble don't seem to be listening, we think it's important that we hear fromAmerica's cities," said Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, president of the group. "We want them (Congress) to do their job."
The mayors met this morning with Economic Council Director Gene Sperling and White House Senior Advisor David Plouffe. They are scheduled to meet with congressional leaders later Tuesday.
Oklahoma City's Republican Mayor Mick Cornett called the lack of maintenance on the country's roads and other infrastructure "unimaginable."
Cornett criticized both sides he sees responsible for the striking partisanship inWashington.
"There isn't one of us who hasn't had to compromise to get things done," Cornett told reporter outside the White House as his fellow mayors nodded in agreement.
"The people that elect an executive branch position– mayor, governor or president, expect action. They expect results," said Cornett who conceded while both parties see a need for improvements to infrastructure, they can't seem to agree on how to pay for it.