Policy: Economy

Obama to host newly-elected mayors at White House

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President Obama will meet with a group of new mayors at the White House Friday to discuss ways to boost economic growth in their cities.

White House press secretary Jay Carney said the president would “discuss ways in which the Obama administration can serve as an active partner in job creation.”

Among those attending the meeting are New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

With his economic agenda stalled on Capitol Hill, Obama has routinely turned to local officials to put pressure on Congress to act on job creation. The White House has accused GOP leaders of being out of touch with local communities about the need to boost infrastructure spending and other public-private partnerships they contend would spur economic growth.

The gathering will also include Boston Mayor-elect Martin Walsh, Detroit Mayor-elect Mike Duggan and the leaders of Seattle, Minneapolis, Minn. and St. Petersburg, Fla., among other cities.

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