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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn joins Charlotte mayor in D.C. to secure funding for conventions

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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony Foxx went to Washington this week with the same message:

Don't let partisan rancor over the national debt get in the way of $100 million-plus in federal funds the cities need to police next year's Republican and Democratic national conventions.

"In spite of the debt ceiling debate and the sort of overheated rhetoric, we have conventions to put on and the federal government has obligations to provide security costs," Buckhorn said Wednesday.

"Everyone that we spoke to acknowledged that was correct," he said. "Where they differed was how the money was to be allocated."

Could the debt ceiling debate hang up funds for convention security?

"It could, but I don't think that it will," said U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young, R-Indian Shores, a former chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.

So far, lawmakers have put $4 million in an appropriations bill covering, among other things, grants to local law enforcement for the conventions.

"They're calling that a placeholder," said Young, who met with the mayors this week. Story here.

[Last modified: Thursday, July 14, 2011 9:59am]

    

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