Decisive Victory for Davis-Bacon Act in US House

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.
 
 
Sincerely,
 
Sean McGarvey
President
AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department
 
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

Comments are closed.