Renewed Davis-Bacon support permeates White House, Capitol Hill

Sources: U.S. Department of Labor, Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust, Washington, D.C.; CP staff A White House Spring 2021 regulatory update, coupled with a U.S. Senate vote on a Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors (CHIPS) Act amendment, illustrate administrative and legislative branch underpinnings for contentious statutes affecting construction: the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (Davis-Bacon or DBRA). 

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Lawmaker trains on Davis-Bacon prevailing wage calculation

Sources: Associated Builders & Contractors, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

Adding to an early-2017 bill targeting the 1931 Davis-Bacon Act, Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) has introduced The Opportunity in Federal Construction Act (S. 1200), which directs the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to use Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data to calculate prevailing wages for federal and federally assisted construction projects. A BLS data method would replace the current practice of relying on the DOL Wage and Hour Division to calculate Davis-Bacon-bound job wage levels.

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