House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement on the successful removal of the provision prohibiting project labor agreements from the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2013 on the House Floor tonight:
"I am glad that the House removed a provision from the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs appropriations bill that would have prohibited federal agencies from operating under project labor agreements with contractors. Project labor agreements protect the safety of workers, ensure the highest quality of work, and provide time-saving and money-saving efficiency. They are also an important tool in ensuring that contractors comply with equal employment rules and environmental standards.
"I want to thank the members -- Democrats and Republicans -- who joined me in this successful effort to block this provision. In doing so, we were able to stand up for the American taxpayers, workers, and Pentagon administrators who will benefit from the continued use of these agreements."