Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer and four City Council members will join other Kansas local officials at the annual Congressional City Conference March 10-14 in Washington, D.C.
The Congressional City Conference is the annual legislative meeting of the National League of Cities, designed to inform municipal leaders about federal policy issues while providing an opportunity for city leaders to bring local concerns to their federal elected officials.
More than 1,500 local leaders will meet with experts to discuss the nation’s need for job creation, economic growth and infrastructure investment during the conference. Programming will focus on protecting local sources of revenue; preserving funds for hometown investment; enacting a new comprehensive transportation program; and modernizing our nation’s education and workforce training programs.
Joining Mayor Brewer will be Council members Lavonta Williams, Jeff Longwell, Pete Meitzner and James Clendenin. Government Relations Manager Dale Goter will also attend.
Along with interacting with fellow local officials during the annual conference, the Wichita contingent will also spend time with the area’s Congressional delegation, including Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran and staff members for 4th District Congressman Mike Pompeo. The U.S. House is in recess during the conference, and Rep. Pompeo will be back in his district.
“This is an important opportunity to present the City’s 2013 federal agenda to our delegation,” Mayor Brewer said. “Budget issues in Washington, D.C., have a tremendous impact back home, and we want to serve as an informational resource to our delegation.”
(City of Wichita 2013 federal agenda is attached and also listed below.)
Council members will also attend various training and information sessions on the NLC conference agenda. Mayor Brewer serves on NLC Board of Directors and will participate in governance activities throughout the conference.
The National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. Working in partnership with the 49 state municipal leagues, NLC serves as a resource to and an advocate for the more than 19,000 cities, villages and towns it represents. More than 1,600 municipalities of all sizes pay dues directly to NLC and actively participate as leaders and voting members in the organization.
2013 Federal Legislative Agenda
Approved by Wichita City Council
Dec. 1, 2011
Equus Beds Aquifer Storage and Recovery Project:
Encourage appropriation of $22.3 million in remaining eligibility from 2006 Congressional authorization.
Aircraft industry taxation:
Oppose federal tax changes that discourage general aviation sales.
Mid-Continent Air Terminal:
Encourage federal funding from existing programs.
Community Development Block Grants:
Support funding job opportunities for low income youth and adults and “Project Rebuild” which targets blighted residential and commercial properties.
Support reconsideration of FEMA funding for the Dry Creek Overflow Detention Facility.
Support continued analysis of the necessity for more stringent ozone standards for the City of Wichita.
Community Access Preservation (CAP) Act:
Support federal legislation that requires cable operators to remit up to 2 percent of their video revenue to local governments as a dedicated source of funding for the local PEG channel (City7).
National League of Cities Agenda:
Support NLC agenda when consistent with City of Wichita positions. Current NLC agenda includes: Fix Broken Immigration System; Invest in Transportation Infrastructure; Support Community Development Block Grants/Create Hometown Jobs.