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Davis Bacon Act Decision - (6/6/2013)

June 5, 2013

 

Dear Building Trades Leader:

 

Last night in the U.S. House of Representatives, an amendment was offered by Congressman Steve King (R-IA) to the Military Construction, VA and Related Agencies appropriations bill that would have denied funding for any enforcement of the Davis-Bacon Act on U.S. military construction projects.

 

THE AMENDMENT WAS OVERWHELMINGLY DEFEATED BY A VOTE OF 192-231.

 

All Democrats present and voting cast "No" votes, as did 36 Republican members (see below).

 

All state and local building trades councils deserve a great deal of thanks for the efforts that were put forth yesterday at the last minute when we found out that this amendment was going to be offered.  The results of this vote are a re-affirmation of the building trades' practical, non-partisan approach to politics that suggests that we will support any elected official, regardless of political affiliation, who takes the time to understand us and our concerns.  In what is widely considered to be the most conservative Congress in modern history, garnering 36 Republican votes to protect our federal prevailing wage statute is no small accomplishment.

 

Thank you again for all of your efforts on this vote.  But, please be forewarned.  This is just the beginning of the appropriations season and we should expect further attacks on Davis-Bacon (as well as Project Labor Agreements) throughout the summer.

 

Please take time today to thank those members who voted with us.  Again, all Democrats voted correct; as did the Republicans listed below.   6 Democrats and 4 Republicans did not vote.

 

Sincerely,

 

Sean McGarvey

President

 

REPUBLICANS VOTING TO DEFEAT THE KING AMENDMENT

Barletta

Capito

Cook

Davis, Rodney

Duffy

Fitzpatrick

Gerlach

Gibson

Grimm

Hanna

Heck (NV)

Hultgren

Joyce

King (NY)

Kinzinger (IL)

Lance

LoBiondo

McKinley

Meehan

Murphy (PA)

Petri

Reichert

Roskam

Runyan

Ryan (WI)

Schock

Shimkus

Shuster

Smith (NJ)

Stivers

Terry

Tiberi

Turner

Upton

Walden

Young (AK)

 

REPUBLICANS NOT VOTING 

Diaz-Balart

Ros-Lehtinen

Campbell

Granger

 

DEMOCRATS NOT VOTING

Hastings

Jackson Lee

Jeffries

Markey

McCarthy

Watt

 

 


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