Congress Looks to Sink Contractor “Blacklist Rule”

A rule, signed into law by President Barack Obama last year, that requires contractors who bid on federal projects to disclose past civil, administrative and workplace protection violations is now facing legislative roll back. ¬†Representative Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chair of the US House Education and Workforce Committee, introduced HJ Res. 37 which, if passed will kill what has been dubbed the “blacklisting” rule by critics.

The Obama administration sought to bring new awareness to labor violations by penalizing companies guilty of such violations by making them ineligible for federal contracts of over $500,000. ¬†“Cheaters shouldn’t win,” said Department of Labor Secretary Tom Perez about the rule when it was announced. ¬†“Today’s action ensures they won’t.”

The legislation will go to the Senate for a vote.

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