Friday, September 27, 2013

Conyers to Meet with White House Leaders in a United Front to Move Detroit Forward

(WASHINGTON) – Tomorrow, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) will join members of the Michigan Congressional Delegation at a meeting with senior White House officials, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, and Attorney General Eric Holder. In addition, Governor Rick Snyder, Mayor Dave Bing, and Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr will be in attendance. After the public announcement of this meeting, Rep. Conyers issued the following statement:

U.S. Representative
John Conyers, Jr.
"As we plan a path forward for the economic revitalization of Detroit, I am grateful that the White House and senior Cabinet officials are coming to our city to meet with elected officials and local leaders. This roundtable meeting will serve as a brainstorming session for policy solutions and an opportunity for collaboration between government at the federal, state, and local levels to confront the unprecedented bankruptcy filing,” said Conyers.

“All options for growth and redevelopment will be on the table during this discussion, including new proposals centered around job training, infrastructure, transportation, and blight removal projects. Our discussion will also center around efforts to reprogram existing federal grants towards shoring up public safety and early education funding, as well as the feasibility of the Executive Branch providing technical assistance to improve the City’s federal grant administration. I will continue my strong support to protect the earned pensions of all public employees who have spent their careers working for Detroit and its citizens.

“I look forward to welcoming the White House to the Motor City, and I thank the Obama administration for their commitment to helping Detroit move forward.”

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