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Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-NJ 11th
Mr. FRELINGHUYSEN. I rise in support of the gentleman's amendment.
The recommendation I brought to the full committee prohibited Davis-Bacon provisions on any sort of construction, roads, bridges, dams, and buildings, because the taxpayers, as a result, pay more.
Unfortunately, this provision was stricken, impacting right to work States and, quite honestly, shortchanging them.
You do the math. There have been plenty of studies. Davis-Bacon provisions inflate costs for construction projects as much as, in some cases, 22 percent. These added expenses come at a time when we are really close to being broke as a nation. How many more jobs, union or nonunion jobs, could we provide to put America back to work by supporting this amendment? Plenty more, and thus I am pleased to support the amendment.
I urge my colleagues to do likewise.
I yield back the balance of my time.