Mayors to Washington: get the job done!
Members of the U.S. Conference of Mayors speak to reporters outside the White House Tuesday after meeting with administration advisors on the president's jobs bill. From left Mayor Pedro Segarra, Hartford, CT, Mayor Michael Nutter, Philadelphia, PA, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, New Orleans, LA, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Los Angeles, CA, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Baltimore, MD and Mayor Anthony Foxx, Charlotte, NC.
September 20th, 2011
01:43 PM ET

Mayors to Washington: get the job done!

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.

Topics: Economy • jobs • The News

soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Debbie

    Great. Let more mayors and governors speak up. Then maybe congress will do their jobs.

    September 20, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
    • Howard

      Obama is trading American exceptionalism for mediocrity. He is transforming the world's most productive economy into an impoverished failure. In order to consolidate his political power, he has appealed to the negative character traits of entitlement and envy. Obama is a vampire, who is sucking the life out of America.

      September 20, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  2. MTATL67

    If Congress wanted they could provide incentives to construction companies to hire people to repair our infrastructure. If dams started failing and bridges collapsing. Republican sure as heck would not accept responsibility for refusing to fund repairing the infrastructure that our country and the world depends upon. The GOP the party of NO IDEA, NO PLAN and NO to repairs. McConnell and Boehner don’t complain when folks cannot get go back and forth between Kentucky (maybe they can stop by and use the corvette simulator that was but with tax dollars while traffic dies down) and Ohio.

    September 20, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
  3. john

    I wonder if the mayor of Lawrence MA showed up. He seems to be your typical Dem our president can get along with. Can you say Solargate???

    September 20, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  4. Ray E. Georgia

    This is what happens when you pass the Buck up to Washington. Washington, (Read that Democrats and Liberals), spent all the money and 15 Trillion to Boot. So, now there is no money! Liberals and democrats also passed the Laws that are responsible for being broke. Sooner or later you will get the message.

    September 20, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
  5. Victoria

    Good. If the Congress won't listen to regular average americans maybe they will listen to te Mayors of our cities. Its a sad day when congress wont work for progress or compromise to get things done. Nothing new of'course but it has gotten worse the last few years. Not fair for the president to try to fix things while he is babysitting this adult day care center

    September 20, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  6. Liz Carter in Georgia

    That sounds more like, not even BUSH, but Cheney and his crew. They're still sucking the life out of America, under the covering of the GOP/TEAPARTY! They still have their fangs in Americas' tit, and using the milk to suck the life out of the world, under the guise of national security. It's a known fact that the GOP is and always has been the party of the rich! I'd take a chance on claiming that 8 out of every 10 of it's members intend on staying rich, at the risk of sucking the life out of everybody else.

    September 23, 2011 at 7:47 am |