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Bush will address NLC Congressional Conference: president will keynote March 9; Senate to stay in session.

President will keynote March 9; Senate to stay in session

President George Bush will outline his domestic agenda for 1992 on Monday, March 9 in a keynote address before local officials attending NLC's Congressional City Conference in Washington, D.C.

Last week the President accepted a personal invitation, issued in January by NLC President Glenda Hood, to bring his response from a meeting with Hood and NLC's leadership directly to the nation's municipal elected officials.

Also last week, Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell announced cancellation of the scheduled Senate recess the week of March 9th, so that both the House and Senate will be in session during NLC's Congressional City Conference. This will enable city and town officials to schedule meetings with their full Congressional delegations.

Mitchell is scheduled to be the keynote speaker on Sunday, March 8th; other Senators are expected to participate in legislative workshops on Monday, March 9th. With President Bush's scheduled appearance on Monday, March 9th, this makes the Congressional City Conference a local official's most important chance to work with NLC in the policy process.

During a visit with President Bush on January 16th, NLC's leadership had urged the President to look beyond the current recession to a more fundamental issue affecting the future of every community in the country and to begin to work with the nation's community leaders. Hood told the President she did not expect an immediate response to the proposals offered by NLC's leadership, but hoped instead the President would give the concerns and ideas his consideration and would carry his answer directly to NLC's membership.

Immediately following the President's address, Christopher Matthews of ABC Television's Good Morning America will serve as a moderator for a special general session on "Shaping a New National Agenda to Ensure Economic Security in the Nation's Communities."

This session will provide a roundtable discussion between leading Democratic and Republican leaders in the Congress about the issues and options at what President Bush has called a "dramatic and deeply promising time in our history . . . when we can look homeward and move to set right what needs to be set right" in America.

With Congress moving to adopt the first post Cold War budget in more than half a century and poised to act on major tax and economic recovery legislation before March 20th, the session promises to provide city and town leaders with sharp perspective about what is happening in the Congress and what it will mean for the communities they represent. The session offers an opportunity to be in at the beginning as the federal government begins to lay the foundation for converting the national economy from one focused on defense to economic growth and security for the future.

Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), Chairman of the Select Committee on Narcotics and Abuse and a key leader on the House Ways and Means Committee; Rep. Christopher Shays (R-Conn.), a leader in the Urban Coalition and a representative of the City of Bridgeport; and Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), a senior member of the House Budget, Banking, and Judiciary Committees have already indicated their participation.
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Title Annotation:National League of Cities' Congressional-City Conference
Author:Shafroth, Frank
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Date:Feb 10, 1992
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