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Legislation was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives to repeal the prevailing wage requirements of the Davis-Bacon Act on Jan. 30 by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa). The bill, H.R. 743, was referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

ABC has long supported full repeal of the archaic 85-year old Davis-Bacon Act. The prevailing wages from the law are administered through an unscientific and fundamentally flawed survey process by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Congressional Budget Office has estimated that the Davis-Bacon Act will raise federal construction costs by $13 billion between 2018 and 2026. 

The Davis-Bacon Act also discourages small contractors from bidding on federal construction projects due to the enormous compliance burdens imposed by the law and stifles contractor productivity by raising project costs and imposes rigid craft work rules that ignore skill differences.

Learn more about ABC’s prevailing wage reform efforts.