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House Proceeding on Mar 12th, 2009 :: 2:07:45 to 2:09:40
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Howard P. Buck McKeon

2:07:41 to 2:08:01( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: law. it has not killed jobs in over 70-some years. i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from florida. mr. mack: thank you, mr. chairman. i yield two minutes to the gentle the chair: the gentleman is

Howard P. Buck McKeon

2:07:45 to 2:09:40( Edit History Discussion )
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Howard P. Buck McKeon

2:08:02 to 2:08:22( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: recognized for two minutes. mr. mckeon: thank you, mr. chairman. i thank the gentleman for yielding and i rise in strong support of this amendment. inclusion of a davis-bacon mandate in h.r. 1262 represents both bad policy and bad process. and i support this effort to correct it. first, on process. the education and labor

Howard P. Buck McKeon

2:08:23 to 2:08:43( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: committee, the committee with jurisdiction over davis-bacon, never considered the bills day advice -- the bill's davis-bacon provision. not in any procedure whatsoever. if we had, we would have weighed the impact of this provision on the projects themselves, on local economies and, indeed, on the american taxpayers.

Howard P. Buck McKeon

2:08:44 to 2:09:04( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: that brings me to my second objection. the policy. by inflating labor rates, davis-bacon typically increased the cost of federal projects by anywhere from 5% to 38%. furthermore, the costs of davis-bacon are particularly burdensome for small businesses. this mandate can saddle private

Howard P. Buck McKeon

2:09:05 to 2:09:26( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: companies with literally millions of dollars in excess administrative work every year. small, locally-owned businesses can't afford this type of bureaucratic -- bureaucracy. they rarely have the resources to comply. result, larg cpanies are more often -- as a result,

Howard P. Buck McKeon

2:09:27 to 2:09:40( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: large companies are more often rewarded government projects. at a time when the economy is hurting the way it is, give themhe opportunity to do it. federal law should not have a build-in bias against small

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