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Partnership Act clears first of many hurdles.

The NLC-supposed, multi-billion dollar Local Partnership Act cleared its first hurdle last week when it was passed 6-3 by the House Subcommittee on Human Resources and Intergovernmental Relations. Assuming success at the full committee level, the legislation will then face tough hurdles in the budget and appropriations process.

The Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Ted Weiss (D-N.Y.), approved two significant amendments to the bill during deliberations: first, an amendment by bill sponsor Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) authorizing an additional $15 billion as an anti-recessionary stimulus to be allocated in federal fiscal years 92 and 93; and second, an amendment by Weiss to include Puerto Rico and U.S. Territories in the distribution of funds.

Supporting the bill, Sanders, former Mayor of Burlington, Vt. strongly urged passage of the bill and "taking it as far as we can." Sanders also denounced "the degree to which over the past twelve years Congress has turned its back on cities and towns across the nation." Rep. Mink, citing her years of local government experience in Honolulu said," not a single bill is more important than this one, particularly compared to the tax legislation we are now considering." Mink described how the federal government "has levied enormous requirements on local governments."

The bill next be considered by the full House Government Operations Committee prior to March 31. City officials with members on the committee must contact their members now and convince them of the immediate need to pass this legislation. All cities should contact their own members of Congress directly to ask how much money would flow to their community under H.R. 3601.
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Title Annotation:Local Partnership Act passed by the House Subcommittee on Human Resources and Intergovernmental Relations
Author:Peterson, Doug
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Mar 2, 1992
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