Villaraigosa among mayors to urge passage of Obama's jobs plan

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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa talks to the media after a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington on June 20, 2011 to discuss the economy.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was among the seven mayors who urged Present Barack Obama and Congress to work together to create jobs and rebuild the nation's crumbling infrastructure.

The mayors spoke Tuesday after meeting with White House officials about Obama's recently proposed $447 billion jobs plan.

"They said there are no sacred cows. They said that we’re gonna have to work together. 'There’s gotta be skin in the game' was the quote. That we’ve got to work together on both sides to give up things that we think are important and fight for things we think are important," he said.

The mayor is meeting with the Senate minority leader, but complained he could not get a meeting with House Speaker John Boehner. There was no comment on that from the speaker’s office.

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, a Republican, joined the statement with six Democrat mayors: Villaraigosa, Philadelphia's Michael Nutter, Charlotte's Anthony Foxx, Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans, Baltimore's Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Hartford's Pedro Segarra.

Villaraigosa, president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, said there is solid bipartisan support among mayors for parts of the president's plan, particularly public works projects spending.

Cornett said there may be disagreement on how to pay for such spending, but the projects are urgently needed in many communities.

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