The House voted 236-187 in favor of a resolution under the Congressional Review Act that will block an Obama regulation requiring companies to report labor law violations when bidding on federal contracts over $500,000.
According to The Hill, the resolution is headed to the Senate where it is expected to pass.
“Prior to awarding a contract, each agencies’ contracting office and a newly appointed compliance adviser will be required to review both violations and alleged violations to determine whether an employer should be awarded a federal contract,” said Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.). “Even the courts have agreed this is overreach.”
Cole said the rule is essentially unnecessary because there are already suspension and disbarment processes in place and, according to Associated Builders and Contractors, the change will ultimately benefit contractors and taxpayers.
“As the district court ruled in its preliminary injunction, treating non-adjudicated claims the same as actual wrongdoing denies federal contractors their due process rights,” said Ben Brubeck, the group’s vice president of regulatory, labor, and state affairs.
Others, including Rep. Virginian Foxx (R-N.C.), agreed, saying, “That’s right, under this rule bureaucrats can determine employers are guilty until proven innocent and then deny them the ability to do business with the federal government.”
On the opposing side is Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), who claims without the rule it’s possible that contractors won’t pay workers fair wages, maintain safe work areas, or follow medical and family leave laws.
“Americans’ tax dollars should not go to contractors who persistently and willfully violate such laws,” Cummings said. “It also puts contractors who do follow the law at an unfair advantage because they willingly bear the cost of compliance to provide safe and fair workplaces.”
H/T: The Hill
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