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White House Agrees to Reinstate Davis-Bacon Prevailing Wage Protections in Gulf Coast After Lobiondo & Latourette Intervene

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White House Agrees to Reinstate Davis-Bacon Prevailing Wage Protections in Gulf Coast After Lobiondo & Latourette Intervene
October 26, 2005

Congressmen met frequently with White House officials to make the case that Davis-Bacon will provide accountability to Katrina contracts, and will curtail the problem of illegal workers being hired in Gulf

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Bush Administration today agreed to reinstate Davis-Bacon prevailing wage protections in the Gulf Coast at the urging of U.S. Reps. Frank A. LoBiondo (R-NJ) and Steven C. LaTourette (R-OH), co-chairs of the Republican Working Group on Labor. The Administration suspended the prevailing wage law on September 8, 2005 without establishing an expiration date of that suspension. Davis-Bacon will now be reinstated on November 8, 2005. The lawmakers, who were informed of the reinstitution of the deadline when they met today with White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card, made the announcement today at a press conference on Capitol Hill.

"I am pleased that the President today has set a definitive date to reinstate the Davis-Bacon Act, thus ensuring Gulf Coast workers receive the prevailing wage for their service in rebuilding the devastated region," LoBiondo said. "As reconstruction contracts continue to be awarded, those trusted with rebuilding the region must be legal, skilled and, to the greatest extent possible, local workers. The reinstatement of Davis-Bacon will furthermore ensure that there is accountability of the taxpayer's interests throughout the process. The employment protections provided under the law will ensure that legal workers are treated fairly and that federal contracts are properly awarded and executed."

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