Addressing the U.S. Conference of Mayors Thursday, President Obama once again (to loud applause) threatened to use his phone and pen to bypass Congress. “Where Congress is debating things and hasn’t been able to pull the trigger on stuff, my administration’s going to move forward, and we’re going to … do it in partnership with all of you,” Obama said.

Earlier in the day, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio addressed the conference, speaking of a “progressive movement” sweeping the nation. As the Observer reported, de Blasio “predicted a movement led by the nation’s mayors to force Congress’ hand on a slew of progressive issues, including new infrastructure investments in cities across the country.”

De Blasio also held a private meeting with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who sat down with the president after the conference.