WASHINGTON — The nation's mayors are urging Congress to avoid "manufactured crises" like another federal government shutdown because it could hurt cities, many of which are economically struggling more this year than last.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors made the plea after issuing a report done for it by IHS Global Insight that found that the economics of one-third, or 119, of the 363 U.S. metropolitan areas — cities and their surrounding suburbs — will decline or remain stagnant this year. This is a substantial increase from last year when 73 metropolitan areas experienced no or declining economies.

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