Representatives Pascrell and Rothman Announce Congressional Former Mayors Caucus
Yesterday, Representatives Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-08) and Steve Rothman (D-NJ-09) were joined by a bipartisan group of legislators to announce the Congressional Former Mayors Caucus. As members of this Caucus, they will help raise awareness about the effect federal decisionssuch as cuts to community development grantscan have on current mayors.
"This Caucus will connect the dots between federal policy and its impact in our urban communities," stated Pascrell. "As the former Mayor of Paterson, I have a valuable perspective on city government that is shared by both Republicans and Democrats in Congress. Together we will use the Former Mayors Caucus as a forum to bring a local perspective to the federal policy we craft."
Congressman Rothman, the former mayor of Englewood said, "With today's tight federal budget, there are proposals out there to shortchange our cities and townssuch as cuts to affordable housing grants, cuts to the state clean water fund, and anti-law enforcement proposals that make it difficult for mayors to crack down on illegal gun trafficking. We need a credible group of bipartisan allies like this new Caucus to stand up for policies that will help our mayors to build vibrant, livable cities."
There are 25 former mayors elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, comprising less than 6% of the 435-member House. With so few members able to draw on first-hand experiences as mayors, Pascrell, Rothman, and other participants in this Caucus offer a unique policy perspective for other lawmakers and reporters to draw on. To date, 21 former mayors elected to the House have joined the Caucus, including now-Senator Robert Menendez. Reps. Mike Turner (R-OH) and Mike Capuano (D-MA) co-chair the Former Mayors Caucus.
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