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Partnership Act meets another delay in House.

Consideration of the Local Partnership Act, HR 3601, sponsored by Representative John Conyers (D-Mich.) in the House Government Operations Committee has been rescheduled until this Wednesday, April 1, 1992. The first section of the NLC supported legislation would provide $15 billion in immediate one-year funding directly to cities, towns and counties to assist them deal with the effects of the recession and to help pay for the cost of federal mandates.

City officials, particularly those with members on the House Government Operations Committee, should urge their members to support the Conyers Local Partnership Act. While NLC President Glenda E. Hood has written to all members of the committee in support of the legislation, information about the further cuts and tax increases your community will have to impose without relief such as that proposed by the Conyers legislation must be communicated directly by city officials to their members of Congress.

The second section of the bill would provide additional lower, but significant, levels of funding over a four year period.

There is also the beginning of some discussion among Republican members of the Committee about an alternative proposal. Rep. Frank Horton (R - N.Y.) has been at the center of these discussion. While the alternative has not been finalized it is felt that it would provide a smaller amount of money and allocate some to state governments (the Conyers funding flows exclusively to local governments).

To date Republican members have not supported Conyers proposal as drafted. Some amendments drawn from this alternative may be proposed at the committee session this Wednesday. NLC jointly with the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the National Association of Counties has written to all Republican members urging their favorable action on a partnership proposal.
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Author:Peterson, Doug
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Date:Mar 30, 1992
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