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I-Team: Biden Tells Mayors Money Isn't Running Out

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Mayors attending a speech by Vice President Joe Biden in Las Vegas Friday. Mayors attending a speech by Vice President Joe Biden in Las Vegas Friday.

LAS VEGAS -- Vice President Joe Biden is in Las Vegas telling the nation's mayors that help is on the way.

Mayors from around the country met at Mandalay Bay Friday to hear the vice president speak.

After years of cutting police, fire, road and service spending, cities nationwide are still reaching for a lifeline.

Biden came to cheerlead a bit, and tell cash-strapped mayors that federal assistance isn't running out.

Those mayors came to hear large dollar figures.

Biden didn't disappoint them, telling them that billions of dollars in federal grants from housing to police officers to roads and bridges will continue to be pressed by the Obama Administration.

Biden said that transportation money, called TIGER grants, worked best when sent directly to cities.

"Came up with these TIGER grants, which sent money directly to the cities," Biden said. "Pass by the state capitol, pass by the governor, directly, just like cops money, directly to the cities."

The vice president rounded off his half hour speech by talking about immigration reform and gun background check bills.

Biden repeated his message from Thursday's Las Vegas convention that immigration reform will help stabilize social security.

He acknowledged it's going to be tough to get senators to switch their votes on gun background checks, but pledged to keep trying.

The vice president called himself and President Barack Obama an "urban administration," while highlighting how close of a working relationship they want with the country's mayors.

After the speech, Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen said the vice president was a "good cheerleader."

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