Sunday, September 25, 2005

Where does Congresswoman Hart stand on the suspension of the Davis-Bacon Act?

Since I didn't get an answer to my email on the subject, here's the text of the letter I'm sending Congresswoman Hart today:

Congresswoman Hart,

As a constituent I would like to know the following, do you support the president’s suspending of the Davis-Bacon act for workers in the hurricane Katrina affected areas?

If your answer is yes would you please explain your justification(s) for placing such hardships on that local workforce. As I’m sure you are aware, the Davis-Bacon act’s purpose is to protect workers from being exploited, by mandating that workers on federally funded construction projects be paid the prevailing wage in the region. The prevailing wage in the Gulf region for reconstruction workers runs about $9 an hour.

If your answer is no, will you be signing on to H. R. 3763, (with 188 cosponsors), which reads:
To reinstate the application of the wage requirements of the Davis-Bacon Act to Federal contracts in areas affected by Hurricane Katrina.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the `Fair Wages for Hurricane Victims Act'.
SEC. 2. REINSTATEMENT OF DAVIS-BACON WAGE REQUIREMENTS.
Notwithstanding the proclamation by the President dated September 8, 2005, or any other provision of law, the provisions of subchapter IV of chapter 31 of title 40, United States Code (and the provisions of all other related Acts to the extent they depend upon a determination by the Secretary of Labor under section 3142 of such title, whether or not the President has the authority to suspend the operation of such provisions), shall apply to all contracts to which such provisions would otherwise apply that are entered into on or after the date of enactment of this Act, to be performed in the counties affected by Hurricane Katrina and described in such proclamation.

Thank You in advance for a prompt response.

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