Charleston Mayor Joe Riley is among a U.S. Conference of Mayors delegation going to Washington to meet with members of Congress about the upcoming “fiscal cliff.”

The group will travel Thursday “to express to members of Congress the organization’s strong opposition to sequestration cuts,” a news release said.

The federal government will enact mandatory cuts across the budget beginning in January, including to military and other spending, unless a compromise is struck.

The mayors will relay the impact that sequestration cuts would have on local communities and their residents.

South Carolina mayors attending include Sumter Mayor Joseph McElveen and Stephen Benjamin of Columbia.