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March 10, 2015 —

Thank you, Mayor. It is good to be here. Good afternoon, everybody. Welcome to Washington and 60-degree weather. I know we are really happy about that. As I was in the back, waiting to come up here, I had a moment of great trepidation listening to the musical segment. Someone said to me, you know you have to sing. Oh, well, I cannot sing. Your Secretary of Homeland Security does not know how to carry a tune. I do know a few things about the National League of Cities. I am here to pay tribute to this organization and to thank you for two very, very major and important positions that you have taken over the last several months, and I have an ask which I will get to. I have an important ask.


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