President Obama met with America's mayors today, promising to "call them out" if they spend stimulus money in a wasteful way.
The president told the Conference of US Mayors that he needed unprecedented responsibility and accountability. He said:
If a federal agency proposes a project that will waste that money, I will not hesitate to call them out on it, and put a stop to it. But I want everyone here to be on notice that if a local government does the same — I will call them out on it as well, and use the full power of my office and our administration to stop it.
More than 60 of the nation's municipal leaders are in Washington right now, meeting with national leaders and White House economic advisers. Stimulus money will soon flood into local governments, so let's hope it finds it's way out of city halls and into the communities.
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