Washington, DC's The Hill quotes Mayor Mike McGinn as one of several mayors who "are warning Congress that failing to raise the debt ceiling will devastate local communities."
Mayor Mike McGinn of Seattle told The Hill in an interview there is a huge disconnect between Washington and the public which is focused on high unemployment. He called the debt ceiling debate a manufactured crisis and deep cuts the wrong thing for the economy.

“People don’t come up to me and say solve this debt-ceiling crisis, they want us to create jobs,” he said.

“Last year we had zero cranes in Seattle, now we have 15.  Things are just starting to pick up, people are just starting to get a little confident,” he said.

McGinn said mayors of all political stripes agreed at the meeting that Congress should compromise to raise the debt ceiling.

“Creating turmoil in the financial markets and cutting direct payments to our citizens does not create jobs,” he said.

McGinn emphasized that if the U.S. does not raise the debt ceiling by Aug. 2, government assistance to the poor and elderly could be cut off and that could be a deep drag on the economy.

McGinn was at the US Conference of Mayors in Los Angeles last week, his spokesman Aaron Pickus says.
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