“YES” on King Amendment to Stop Davis-Bacon

This week, the House will vote on an amendment offered by Rep. Steve King (R-IA) 75% to the FY16 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act (H.R. 2029). The amendment would prohibit any funds in the Act from being used to carry out Davis-Bacon wage requirements.

Davis-Bacon requires the federal government to abide by arbitrary “prevailing wage” requirements for federal construction projects. The effect is to significantly increase the cost of federally funded construction projects, preventing taxpayers from getting a good deal for their hard-earned dollars. Furthermore, Davis-Bacon results in pernicious favoritism in federal construction contracts, benefiting large, union-organized construction firms and disadvantaging small, independent, merit-shop companies.

Heritage Action supports the King Amendment and will include it as a key vote on our legislative scorecard. 

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