U.S. mayors descended on Washington this week to combat the budget cuts approved by the House last week that would threaten certain federal programs for local governments, especially the community development block grant program.

A bipartisan group of 30 mayors, representing the U.S. Conference of Mayors, told reporters Thursday that they are appealing to the Senate to restore a proposed 62.5% cut in federal funding for the CDBG program. The program received $3.99 billion for fiscal 2010, but the continuing resolution for fiscal 2011 that was approved by the House last week would cut the program to $1.5 billion.

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