Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-NY), chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means, will join the leadership of the U.S. Conference of Mayors on Monday to call for a “Main Street Economic Recovery” package. Joining the congressman for the Capitol Hill press conference will be Miami Mayor Manny Diaz, who serves as the current president of the Conference of Mayors.
The press conference will coincide with the release of a report by the U.S. Conference of Mayors detailing infrastructure projects that are “ready to go” in cities across the country as identified by mayors. These projects fall within ten different sectors, including transit, highway infrastructure, green jobs, school modernization, public safety and public housing.
Mayors who are expected to be present for the press conference include Michael Bloomberg of New York, Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles, Richard Daley of Chicago, Doug Palmer of Trenton, NJ, Don Plusquellic of Akron, Joe Riley of Charleston, Dan Malloy of Stamford, Connecticut, Thomas Leppert of Dallas, David Cicilline of Providence, Elaine Walker of Bowling Green, and Mufi Hannemann of Honolulu. Following the press conference the delegation of mayors will meet in a closed door session with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and then Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
The press conference comes just days after President-elect Obama signaled his intention to push for a massive infrastructure program as the centerpiece of his economic recovery package.