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National League of Cities Announces Resource Website on Federal Shutdown

October 2, 2013
It’s day two of the federal shutdown following an impasse over FY 2014 budget negotiations. Approximately 800,000 federal employees have been furloughed until further notice. Nationwide, parks and museums are currently closed in addition to various federal service agencies. The National League of Cities (NLC) is concerned about the indirect long-term effects an ongoing impasse will have on local economies, tourism, jobs and vital services. NLC held a conference call today informing members it will urge Congress to pass a ‘clean’ continuing resolution (CR) focused on funding the federal government through FY 2014.
NLC launched a website to provide information and interactive resources. Because Congressional support and administrative staff are currently furloughed, the NLC believes traditional contact methods such as letters and office phone calls may be ineffective. Instead NLC suggests using alternatives such as social media and calls to personal phone lines of members of Congress. 
The website features a Congressional contact directory, informative videos and various documents outlining the shutdown’s impacts on cities. During this morning’s call, NLC Executive Director Clarence Anthony explained that the website will be updated to include additional resources as the shutdown continues. A document listing which specific agencies and funding sources are affected and may impact local governments is one such forthcoming resource.

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