Infrastructure should be an opportunity to reform all federal permitting barriers to make America build again

Feb. 13, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging Congress to include streamlining of all federal permitting, excepting Davis-Bacon and allowing non-union shops to bid in any new infrastructure plan:

“If Congress is going to move forward with the President’s infrastructure proposal, it should be with a few assurances. First, there must be a full scale streamlining of all federal permitting processes, not just those attached to federally funded infrastructure projects, including on building refineries, power plants and factories, exponentially increasing private sector investment. Second, Davis-Bacon prevailing wage requirements should be excepted from any of the infrastructure projects under the proposal to lower labor costs. Third, non-union shops should be allowed to bid on contracts under the proposal to truly have competitive bidding. If taxpayers are being asked to foot the bill for a part of this infrastructure proposal, it should be with the assurance that red tape won’t end up strangling the deal. Without real permitting and wage reforms, the private sector investment the plan calls will remain elusive — and throughout the rest of the economy, too. The infrastructure proposal provides Congress a valuable opportunity to review what are truly the regulatory boundaries that are preventing the private sector from making America build again.”

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ALG urges House passage of Steve King anti-Davis-Bacon prevailing wage requirements amendment

Nov. 4, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging the House of Representatives to include an amendment to the Highway Bill, H.R. 22, from Rep. Steve King which would defund the Davis-Bacon Act’s prevailing wage provisions:

“Eliminating the prevailing wage provisions from the highway bill will help save taxpayers’ money, ensuring that costs for constructions projects are reduced. As the highway bill is often seen as a source of ‘shovel ready jobs’ the best way to make certain that these funds are used effectively is to reduce the double-digit cost premium that prevailing wages cause.

“The House of Representatives should include Representative King’s amendment that would ensure that taxpayers get the maximum bang for their buck.”

Attachments:

Amendment offered by U.S. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), Nov. 3, 2015, at http://amendments-rules.house.gov/amendments/156102815140832832.pdf

AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. KING OF IOWA

At the end of subtitle D of title I of division A, add the following:

SEC. ll. PREVAILING RATE OF WAGE REQUIREMENTS.

None of the funds made available by this Act, including the amendments made by this Act, may be used to implement, administer, or enforce the prevailing rate of wage requirements in subchapter IV of chapter 31 of title 40, United States Code (commonly referred to as the

Davis-Bacon Act).

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36 House Republicans uphold Davis-Bacon prevailing wages

June 6, 2013, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement blasting 36 House Republicans for defeating an amendment to an appropriations bill that would have repealed the 82-year old Davis-Bacon prevailing wages mandate for federal contractors:

“Prevailing wages demand that the U.S. Department of Labor set the cost for labor for federal government construction contractors rather than having the taxpayers get the benefit of competitive labor cost bidding. The impact of Davis-Bacon on increasing the cost of government has been so extreme that the 2012 Republican National Committee’s official platform called for its repeal.

“Yet when given the opportunity, 36 House Republicans broke their own party’s promise to do away with these requirements that unnecessarily cost billions of additional tax dollars every year. Apparently, the platform is not worth the paper it’s printed on.”

List of 36 House Republicans who voted no:

Barletta (PA-11)
Capito (WV-02)
Cook (CA-08)
Davis, R. (IL-13)
Duffy (WI-07)
Fitzpatrick (PA-08)
Gerlach (PA-06)
Gibson, C. (NY-19)
Grimm (NY-11)
Hanna (NY-22)
Heck, J. (NV-03)
Hultgren (IL-14)
Joyce (OH-14)
King, P. (NY-02)
Kinzinger (IL-16)
Lance (NJ-07)
LoBiondo (NJ-02)
McKinley (WV-01)
Meehan (PA-07)
Murphy, T. (PA-18)
Petri (WI-06)
Reichert (WA-08)
Roskam (IL-06)
Runyan (NJ-03)
Ryan, P. (WI-01)
Schock (IL-18)
Shimkus (IL-15)
Shuster, Bill (PA-09)
Smith, C. (NJ-04)
Stivers (OH-15)
Terry (NE-02)
Tiberi (OH-12)
Turner, M. (OH-10)
Upton (MI-06)
Walden, G. (OR-02)
Young, D. (AK-AL)

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