WASHINGTON — Six Democratic mayors were joined by a Republican mayor in urging President Barack Obama and Congress to work together to create jobs and rebuild the nation’s crumbling infrastructure.
The mayors spoke Tuesday after meeting with White House officials about Obama’s recently proposed $447 billion jobs plan.
Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, a Republican, joined Democrats Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles, Philadelphia’s Michael Nutter, Charlotte’s Anthony Foxx, Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans, Baltimore’s Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Hartford’s Pedro Segarra.
Villaraigosa, president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, said there is solid bipartisan support among mayors for parts of the president’s plan, particularly public works projects spending.
Cornett said there may be disagreement on how to pay for such spending, but the projects are urgently needed in many communities.