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What is the U.S. Conference of Mayors?

The U.S. Conference of Mayors is an organization of mayors from cities with a population of over 3,000.  There are 1,393 cities in the U.S. that fit this criterion.  Their website states their primary roles are:

  • Promote the development of effective national urban/suburban policy;
  • Strengthen federal-city relationships;
  • Ensure that federal policy meets urban needs;
  • Provide mayors with leadership and management tools; and
  • Create a forum in which mayors can share ideas and information.

Despite their public contentions that they are “non-partisan” and create a forum supportive of ideas, a majority of their public positions only promote left-wing positions.

Who Runs the U.S. Conference of Mayors?


Mayor Kevin Johnson
Sacramento, California
President, U.S. Conference of Mayors


Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
Baltimore, Maryland
Second Vice President

Elizabeth B. Kautz
Burnsville, Minnesota
Past President

Michael Nutter
Philadelphia, PA
Past President

Donald L. Plusquellic
Akron, Ohio
Past President

Joseph Riley
Charleston, South Carolina
Past President

Where does the U.S. Conference of Mayors Stand on the Issues Important to Americans?

  • Agree with President Obama’s liberal agenda on budget, taxes and jobs
  • Support the passage of the Affordable Health Care Act (Obamacare)
  • Support California Senator Dianne Feinstein’s ultra-restrictive gun control legislation
  • Condemn Arizona’s immigration law (SB1070)
  • Support Roe v. Wade
  • Support Nuclear Disarmament
  • Support Kyoto Protocols on global environmental regulations


On the Issues


The U.S. Conference of Mayors supports implementation of the Affordable Care Act, calling the Supreme Court case that reviewed it a “victory for the American people.”  Then U.S. Conference of Mayors President, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said:

The nation’s mayors applaud and support the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold as constitutionality of the ‘Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.’ This ruling is an historic victory for the American people and will allow the Administration to move forward with securing access to affordable health insurance for millions of uninsured people in this nation.  Mayors know firsthand the hardship of American families who have no medical insurance, and the struggles they face as a result.

At their January 2014 meeting, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius urged 25 mayors at the U.S. Conference of Mayors to embrace the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and work to get their state legislators to expand Medicaid.

Secretary Sebelius said, “I think that your role is in helping to educate the residents of your community that they might be eligible for the first time to obtain healthcare, but also to have a very significant voice in the Medicaid debate taking place in your legislature is critically important.”

According to Newsmax:

Sebelius reiterated that the Affordable Care Act is “100 percent paid for” by the federal government in the first year and that most states, in future years, will pay only 10 percent.

It’s the “single most generous federal-state partnership I’ve ever seen,” she said. She also noted that the number of people who were eligible for low-income health insurance increased in December.

Instead of marching in lock-step with the federal government, mayors should work with state legislators on doing what’s best for their state, not what’s best for the Obama Administration and their PR campaign for Obamacare.


In 2013, the U.S. Conference of Mayors urged President Obama to address issues of “local warming” and “global warming.”  From The Huffington Post:

City leaders said that only the federal government has the tools and clout to address greenhouse gases often blamed for warming the planet, while mayors focus on issues of “local warming” such as providing a reliable water supply or protecting citizens during dangerous weather events such as the 1995 Chicago heat wave that was blamed for over 700 deaths.

Mayors met with the White House liaison for climate change in a closed-door meeting and urged the federal government to step in with more regulations and funding on climate issues.


At their January 2014 meeting, the U.S. Conference of Mayors invited Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to address them.  He told the mayors that the more than 11 million illegal immigrants in the country had “earned the right to be citizens.”

Secretary Johnson said, “Common sense immigration reform is supported by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, businesses, and if the polls (are) to be believed, the majority of the American people.  Border security is inseparable from homeland security.”

But how can the Department of Homeland Security – or the U.S. Conference of Mayors – credibly enforce laws or borders when they openly support rewarding those who break them?



Time after time the U.S. Conference of Mayors has shown itself to be more concerned with kowtowing to political power rather than representing their constituents.  On the issue of gun control, the contrast between constituents’ interests and those of politicians seeking to take away our freedoms could not be more stark.

In 2013, Vice President Joe Biden told the gathering of more than 300 mayors that they must now act on gun control.  From The Hill:

The White House has support from many of the nation’s big city mayors, including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I), and USCM President and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter (D), both of whom have been vocal proponents of firearms restrictions.

Nutter opened the USCM meeting, and the room quieted as he recounted the high-profile mass shootings of the past decade, beginning with Columbine and moving on through Virginia Tech, Tucson and Aurora.

“But then Dec. 14,” Nutter said. “A tragedy in Newtown that even after all the others we still cannot imagine … a terrible unforgivable moment in American history. We cannot get those lives back … we can and we must act to help protect the lives of those in the future.

“This has nothing to do with taking guns away from those who lawfully own them,” he said. “We respect the Second Amendment … but the right to own a firearm should not interfere with my right to live.”

Mayor Nutter of Philadelphia, once again wrongly suggests that lawful ownership of a firearm is still irresponsible and somehow threatens someone else’s right to live.


In 2012, the U.S. Conference of Mayors passed a resolution supporting abortion and funding of Planned Parenthood.

The resolution “affirms the importance of women’s reproductive rights” and “urges Congress and the states to pursue a positive agenda that reaffirms fundamental rights and improves women’s access to safe and comprehensive reproductive-health care.”

Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, praised the resolution.  She said, “These mayors collectively represent millions of Americans in communities where the public-health programs and clinics under attack by members of Congress and state legislators provide basic care for their residents. We are inspired by the mayors who supported this resolution, and we salute them for stepping up in support of women’s freedom and privacy.”