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About The Keyvote

The King amendment prevents the wage requirement of the Davis-Bacon Act from applying to federal construction projects. The Davis-Bacon Act, passed in 1931 was intended to prevent any non-union groups from being able to compete for government contracts. It stipulates that workers on these projects be paid a “prevailing wage,” which is an arbitrary metric that unions have a hand in creating. This anti-competitive provision prevents private companies from being legally able to underbid unions on prices. This artificially inflates the price of federal construction projects. Money goes into union coffers, and comes out of taxpayers’ pockets. Given federal spending problems, this amendment is essential to cutting costs in an area with far too much waste.