Gulf Coast Wage Cut Reversed

News & Politics

Yesterday, the White House reversed itself and announced that the Davis-Bacon would be reinstated in November.

Davis-Bacon forces government contractors to pay union- or near-union scale on public construction projects. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, President George Bush illegally suspended the Davis-Bacon Act of 1931 in heavily damaged Gulf Coast region.

Rep. George Miller (D-CA) makes a special guest appearance at the TPM Cafe to explain how Davis-Bacon was returned to the Gulf Coast:

Every single House Democrat has been on record since September in opposition to the President's wage cut. I recently wrote on this site about an unprecedented Joint Resolution I introduced last week that would have forced a vote in Congress to overturn the President's wage cut. That vote would have had to happen - you guessed it - not later than the week of November 7. With the support of every House Democrat and 37 House Republicans, we would have won that vote. Boxed in by that embarrassing scenario, the White House chose to reverse itself.
The progressive blogosphere reacts quickly to the news: Bush caves on contract wages, exults Simian Brain. Signal to Noise is happy to see the wage cut go, but questions the timing, calling the reversal "diversion tactic #102".

(TPM Cafe, Signal to Noise, Simian Brain)

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