The Obama administration continues to try to keep the heat on Congress by making its voice heard from the sidelines. The White House posted on its blog this afternoon a sampling of state and local officials' pleas for a debt compromise. Everyone from the New York state comptroller to the mayor of Durham, N.C., is included.
Here are some notables:
Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker signed on July 26:
"America has always met tremendous challenge with unrelenting resolve, unity of purpose, and a unique toughness. That's why I'm hopeful that the next seven days will bring broad-based congressional support for the president's balanced approach to this nation's debt crisis."
Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York City, N.Y., signed on July 26:
"That the United States of America has come this close to defaulting on its debts, a failure that would have potentially disastrous economic consequences for us all, including New Yorkers-ought to be all the evidence anyone needs that there's something profoundly wrong in Washington."
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signed on July 26:
"We know what we need: a long-term solution. There is nothing about a six-month delay that fixes the long-term deficit hole or gives the markets confidence that we can solve our big issues or provide Massachusetts families with protection from dramatic interest rate increases. All it does is prolong the political drama."
Vincent Gray, mayor of Washington, D.C., to Bloomberg on July 20:
"I think fundamentally we want to see a solution. This has created such instability in our city and other cities that we've got to be able to have some predictability in going forward. We've been in a recession for three years. Joblessness in our city is, you know, at very high levels. Here in Washington, D.C., our jobless rate is 9.5 percent but in some areas of the city it's as high as 17 to 25 percent. This just creates more uncertainty and more instability. So we want a solution and we need it now."