WASHINGTON --The U.S. Conference of Mayors urged Congress yesterday to approve legislation before recessing this fall that is designed to deter the federal government from imposing unfunded mandates on state and local governments.

After returning in mid-September, "Congress will be in session only four weeks before scheduled adjournment, and mayors Want to ensure that the [bill] will not lose out in the press of final business," said Mayor Victor Ashe of Knoxville, Tenn., president of the mayors association, at a press conference yesterday.

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