At League of Cities confab, Bill Nelson urges munis to pressure feds

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To help break the partisan logjam in Congress, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is asking for help from leaders of all 410 Florida municipalities. His plea is for them to start pushing federal legislators to work together on immigration, transportation and the budget.

As reported by the Associated Press and carried by the Tampa Tribune, the Democrat urged community leaders Friday at the annual Florida League of Cities conference in Orlando.

“It seems like Congress can’t get along these days,” Nelson told the audience. “It’s terribly frustrating and disappointing.”

Nelson said mayors and city officials have a role in ending gridlock by demanding federal lawmakers end “excessive extremist ideological rigidity.”

After Nelson’s speech, Gov. Rick Scott took the podium to boast of lowered unemployment figures released earlier in the day. The unemployment rate is at the lowest level in nearly four years, Scott said, as proof that the state is moving in the right direction.

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