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Mayors Urge Obama to Resolve Debt Crisis Quickly and Focus on Jobs

Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- City mayors came to the White House Monday to urge President Obama to create jobs and boost the economy by resolving the debt crisis quickly and focusing instead on the needs of municipal economies, including spending on job training and infrastructure.

“The clock is ticking. The fact is that we have a Congress that is dithering,” Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, told reporters Monday. His message to the president? It's all about "jobs, jobs, jobs!"

“We absolutely have to get people back to work. We cannot in these times allow some to debate on the head of the pin everything that makes us different and not find the common ground, the shared responsibility for resolving this deficit and debt in a way that’s smart,” he said.

The bipartisan group of 14 mayors met with the president and vice president for roughly an hour Monday, the second such meeting this year.

"When I go back home, no one is going to walk up to me on the streets of Philadelphia and start having a conversation about the debt limit or deficit reduction. What they want to know every day is, Mayor, I need a job," Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said. “Americans deserve a good answer to that question.”

With the Aug. 2 deadline to raise the debt limit looming, Congress continues to debate how to pay down the government’s $14 trillion budget deficit.

On Tuesday, Vice President Biden will resume his meetings with lawmakers to reach an agreement on the budget deficit and debt limit, with additional meetings to come on Wednesday and Thursday.

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