"There has been a mighty effort by workers and Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle to help workers in the devastated region have the fair wage protections needed to recover,” Michaud said. "This is not a political issue. It’s been a worker protection issue. President Bush has been forced to pay attention and take notice. The news today is a positive step forward in the region’s recovery.”
Congressman Lynch said, "After visiting the
"I am very pleased that President Bush finally relented and reinstated Davis-Bacon, almost two months after he first suspended it. The President's bad judgment and refusal to reinstate Davis-Bacon the last two months resulted in lost jobs and wages for hard-working people in the
Recently, Education and the Workforce Ranking Member George Miller introduced a Joint Resolution (H.J.Res 69) that would have forced the House to vote by early November on whether or not to allow the wage cut to stand. This action, in part, spurred the White House to make the rescission announcement today.
In September, the Labor Caucus sent a joint letter condemning President Bush’s rescission of the Davis-Bacon Act, requesting an immediate reversal of the decision. The executive order allowed federal contractors rebuilding in the Hurricane Katrina-ravaged areas of
The Davis-Bacon law requires federal contractors to pay its workers at least the prevailing wage on construction projects, including highways, buildings, and bridges. On September 8th, President Bush suspended the requirements of the Davis-Bacon law for designated areas hit by the storm.