Rep. Ted Budd Proposes Fair & Open Competition Amendment
Washington, D.C. -- Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) has submitted an amendment to the ‘INVEST in America Act’ that would ensure that the federal government and recipients of federal assistance cannot mandate project labor agreements on federal projects, thereby increasing competition and lowering construction costs for taxpayers.
The amendment is identical to the Fair and Open Competition Act that Rep. Budd introduced on February 24, 2021.
Rep. Budd said in a statement:
“Government mandates favoring Big Labor are both unfair and extremely costly to the taxpayer. More than 87% of the private construction workforce does not belong to a union, and these workers should not be blocked from doing work on government projects through project labor agreements (PLAs). PLA mandates also needlessly increase the cost of government construction projects. This amendment simply says that federal contracts should be open to the company that makes the best bid.”
The amendment would enhance competition and government neutrality towards labor relations in the following ways:
1. Prohibit federal agencies from either requiring or prohibiting a contract bidder to enter into an agreement with one or more labor organizations in order to be awarded a federal contract.
2. Agencies that award grants, enter into contracts, or provide financial assistance for construction projects would have to ensure that bid specifications and project agreements do not contain any requirements or prohibitions regarding 1 or more PLAs.