US Conference of Mayors backs bipartisan infrastructure deal

US Conference of Mayors backs bipartisan infrastructure deal
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The U.S. Conference of Mayors is throwing its support behind the bipartisan infrastructure deal, joining business and labor groups in urging lawmakers to pass the $1.2 trillion proposal.

The group, along with 369 mayors in all 50 states, sent a letter to congressional leaders Tuesday calling on them to “take immediate action” on the infrastructure framework backed by President BidenJoe BidenFive takeaways from the Ohio special primaries FDA aims to give full approval to Pfizer vaccine by Labor Day: report Overnight Defense: Police officer killed in violence outside Pentagon | Biden officials back repeal of Iraq War authorization | NSC pushed to oversee 'Havana Syndrome' response MORE and a bipartisan group of senators. 

“This framework would be the largest long-term investment in our nation’s infrastructure and competitiveness in nearly a century – $1.2 trillion over eight years – to help make our economy more sustainable, resilient, and just,” the group wrote. 

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In the letter, mayors urged congressional leaders to ensure that funding for COVID-19 relief efforts is not repurposed to pay for the infrastructure package. Senators have indicated that the bipartisan deal would not raise taxes, and suggested unspent relief money could be used to fund the proposal.

Senators on both sides of the aisle have expressed concern about the infrastructure plan’s funding mechanisms. 

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by AT&T - Simone wins bronze with altered beam routine The job of shielding journalists is not finished The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - White House, Dems play blame game over evictions MORE (S.C.), the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, said Monday that lawmakers need to find additional sources of funding. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenThe job of shielding journalists is not finished Up next in the culture wars: Adding women to the draft Democrats warn shrinking Biden's spending plan could backfire MORE (D-Ore.) has unveiled plans to raise taxes on corporations

Politico Playbook first reported the news of the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ letter Tuesday. 

The mayors’ group joins a growing list of organizations backing the bipartisan infrastructure framework. Last week, the AFL-CIO and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce endorsed the deal along with other prominent business and labor groups.

“Don’t let partisan differences get in the way of action — pass significant, meaningful infrastructure legislation now,” the groups said in a statement.