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October 13, 2011

Mayor Vincent C. Gray Expresses Disappointment with Senates Failure to Pass American Jobs Act 

Inability to Break Filibuster Means Americans Will Continue to Suffer High Unemployment

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(WASHINGTON, DC) – Mayor Vincent C. Gray today noted with disappointment that the U.S. Senate failed to pass the American Jobs Act proposed by President Obama.

“People across the nation are suffering because Congress refuses to act,” said Mayor Gray. “Unemployment rates remain high in the District of Columbia, just like in others cities and towns. When will Congress provide the tools mayors and governors need to get our economy moving again?”

Mayor Gray noted that, during a recent meeting of the U.S Conference of Mayors in the District, mayors met with leaders of both parties -- including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and key members of the so-called “Super Committee” charged with deficit reduction.

The mayors have asked Congress to invest in transportation, water, housing, and energy infrastructure; to cut taxes for small businesses; to spur hiring through targeted tax incentives; and to modernize our schools, prevent teacher layoffs and keep our first responders on the job.