44 Republicans Send Letter Urging President Trump to Roll Back Project Labor Agreement Executive Order

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Washington, July 19, 2018 | comments

Washington D.C. -- U.S. Representatives Ted Budd (R-NC) and Francis Rooney (R-FL) led a letter this morning with more than forty member signatures urging President Trump to rescind Executive Order 13502. This order, which President Obama issued in 2009, strongly encourages federal agencies, on a case-by-case basis, to consider requiring project labor agreements (PLAs) on federal construction projects exceeding $25 million in total value. Representatives Budd and Rooney released the following statements:

Rep. Ted Budd:

“This Obama-era Executive Order goes against everything the taxpayer deserves - a good bang for their buck. Research shows that PLAs can inflate federal construction costs by 12 percent to 18 percent, and this isn’t even taking into account other anti-competitive regulations. Each year the federal government collects trillions of dollars from its citizens - the least we can do is spend it efficiently. This is why I hope this letter helps the effort in getting this harmful rule rolled back.”

Rep. Francis Rooney:

“It is imperative the President rescinds this Executive Order. PLA’s are just another example of special-interest carve-outs designed to funnel work to unionized contractors. Taxpayers are on the hook for government-mandated PLA’s which drive up the cost of federally funded construction projects, sometimes as much as 18%. Government should be doing all it can to create opportunities for all Americans, and ensure taxpayer-funded infrastructure projects are procured efficiently.”

Read the full letter here.  

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