The large-ticket construction bills addressed by the Fair Contracting Coalition include the Homeland Security Bill, water treatment construction legislation, and school construction bond reform bills. According to SMACNA, the projects represent tens of billions of dollars in construction and have been held up from final action by Republican leaders in the House and Senate even though all have bipartisan support.
The coalition says it took exception to Bush administration and Republican congressional leadership contentions that the inclusion of prevailing wages on federally assisted or direct federal construction would mark a major expansion of the Davis-Bacon Act and that the act inflates costs for federal construction projects.
According to the coalition:
For more information on the Fair Contracting Coalition, visit www.smacna.org (website).
Publication date: 09/30/2002