A discussion of how Congressional budget cuts would affect American cities. (Houston Chronicle)
Julián Castro supports Obama fiscal plan, Annise Parker not on list of mayoral endorsers
Castro was one of several U.S. mayors pushed forward by the White House to sell the proposal publicly as Congress considers another $4.4 trillion measure with deeper spending cuts put forward by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis.
"The difference between what President Obama would have us take in terms of reduction, and what Rep. Ryan would do to cities, is drastic," Castro told reporters on a teleconference all arranged by the White House.
Houston Mayor Annise Parker and Dallas Mayor Dwaine Caraway were not on the list on eight mayors who endorsed the Obama blueprint today. But Castro strongly praised Obama’s fiscal plan, which was unveiled yesterday in a speech at George Washington Unversity….
Mayors from San Antonio, Philadelphia, Charlotte, N.C., and Charleston, S.C., said cuts in the Republican proposal would hurt cities still grappling with the economic recession.
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said cities were asking the president and Congress to be mindful of the economy as they move to reduce the deficit.
"We can cut our way out of prosperity if we are not careful," said Charleston Mayor Joe Riley.