Education and Labor Committee Republican Leader Virginia Foxx (R-NC) gave the following statement after the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division released a proposed rule to update Davis-Bacon Act regulations regarding prevailing wages on federal construction projects: 

“Despite what the Biden administration touts, this proposal will do nothing to create good jobs or improve infrastructure investments. Instead, the rule will drastically increase the cost of federal construction—thereby slowing American growth. Prevailing wage rates, determined by a completely unscientific wage survey process, are notoriously inaccurate, unfairly favor unions, and levy huge costs on American taxpayers. Ultimately this proposed rule change does little to reform an inaccurate and inadequate process and instead revives decades-old language from a bygone era. These are not the types of policies America’s workers and taxpayers need or want.”


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