"We have plenty of constituents who will be -- who will be doing that before the president does," Miami Mayor Manny Diaz said Friday after Obama spoke with members of the National Conference of Mayors about the $787 billion stimulus package.
Obama told 80 mayors if he finds that a program is wasteful or a pet project -- whether federal, state or local -- he "will not hesitate to call them out on it and put a stop to it."
New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin said he was concerned about how quickly the funds would reach the cities.
"It took two and a half years before any money really hit the city of New Orleans after Katrina," Nagin said. "And I made the point that if this stimulus money travels on the same track, then there will be lots of unspent dollars at the end of this initiative."
Nagin, a Democrat, also said Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a Republican, was engaging in political posturing when he said he's considering refusing the state's share of the $787 billion economic stimulus package.
"I don't think it's going to impede us," Nagin said, because of a provision in the legislation that allows state legislatures to accept the money if a governor doesn't. "And I told the governor personally, any dollars he does not want, we will take them gladly."
Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Pat McCrory, a Republican, said he didn't agree with all parts of the stimulus package, but since it's law, "I want it to work the best way it can."
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