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Advocacy

NLC is first and foremost an advocate for the work of local government. Our work covers issues that impact municipalities at all levels – federal, state, and local. Advocacy efforts focus on advancing NLC's annual legislative agenda, monitoring regulatory action, and championing legal issues of national importance to local governments.

Advocacy subtopics:

Recent

  • Press Release

House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the American Health Care Act of 2017 (AHCA) from a vote this afternoon. The AHCA was designed to repeal the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA), and replace it with a new system that would constrict and cap Medicaid…

U.S. Capitol Building
U.S. Capitol Building
  • Press Release

WASHINGTON — March 20, 2017 — The National League of Cities (NLC) welcomes Irma Esparza Diggs as senior executive and director of the organization’s federal advocacy. In her role, Diggs will assist in developing NLC’s federal policy priorities…

photo - Irma Esparza Diggs
photo - Irma Esparza Diggs
  • Press Release

WASHINGTON — March 16, 2017 — This morning, the White House released its budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018, featuring sweeping cuts to federal agencies and programs that directly benefit cities nationwide and support the residents who call…

photo - Trump Budget Proposal an Attack on Vital City Programs
photo - Trump Budget Proposal an Attack on Vital City Programs
  • CitiesSpeak

With the recent potential for cuts to funding for cities, getting involved with NLC's constituency groups, committees and councils gives city leaders an edge when it comes to knowing the best practices – and the right…

photo - Now Is the Time for City Leaders to Engage with NLC
photo - Now Is the Time for City Leaders to Engage with NLC
  • Press Release

Federal FY 2018 Budget Eliminates Critical Program
for Cities and Counties

WASHINGTON — March 9, 2017 — The following joint statement was issued today from U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO & Executive Director Tom…

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • CitiesSpeak

“With longer sessions of Congress, federal elected officials are spending more time in D.C this year. Our members realize that they need to meet Congress here.”

Advanced registration for the Congressional City…

photo - Meet Your Grassroots Advocate
photo - Meet Your Grassroots Advocate
  • Press Release

WASHINGTON — March 7, 2017 — Yesterday evening, House Republicans unveiled a plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The plan removes the mandate for health insurance coverage and creates a new system of tax credits focused on…

U.S. Capitol Building
U.S. Capitol Building
  • Issue Brief

As Congress considers changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), NLC urges Congress to continue to support provisions important to cities. 

Healthcare
Healthcare
  • CitiesSpeak

NLC is laying the groundwork for Capitol Hill Advocacy Day, which takes place on March 15 during NLC's Congressional City Conference. More than 250 meetings have been arranged for local officials to speak with their…

photo - Fighting for Local Government Priorities on Capitol Hill
photo - Fighting for Local Government Priorities on Capitol Hill
  • Press Release

WASHINGTON — March 2, 2017 — Today, the U.S. Senate confirmed the appointment of Ben Carson as the 16th secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). On behalf of the nation’s 19,000 cities, towns and villages, the…

HUD Headquarters in Washington DC
HUD Headquarters in Washington DC