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Mayors: Congress Is Failing Cities

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Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (left) expressed frustration with Congress at today's meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

State legislators and Congress, they get a lot more into ideological battles, he said, adding that cuts to federal programs such as the block grants simply shift the burden onto cash-strapped cities.

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (D) said she is disappointed with leaders of her party as well as the opposition.

We are one bridge fail away from shutting down large portions of a city, she said. Theres a way for Congress to work with us to break gridlock.

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