MICHIGAN, July 26, 2012 – On July 19th, 2012, at approximately 10:30 pm, the United States House of Representatives passed the $606 billion defense spending bill — the Defense Department Appropriations Act (H.R. 5856) — by a vote of 326 to 90.
With practically all of the media attention focused on the cuts to defense spending, there has been no scrutiny of the amendment to the Appropriations Act proposed by Congressman Steve King (R-IA) that sought to repeal the only remaining Jim Crow Law in America: The Davis Bacon Act.
The Davis-Bacon Act is an 81-year-old Jim Crow Law administered by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) that mandates so-called “prevailing” wages for employees of contractors and subcontractors performing work on federally financed construction.
The Act was specifically created to keep Black non-union construction workers from taking jobs from white (only) unions in construction.
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