Davis-Bacon Act Could, Yet Again, Kill SRF Legislation

Sanchez, Humberto
May 2003
Bond Buyer;5/12/2003, Vol. 344 Issue 31633, p5
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The U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is tentatively planning to draft a bill in just over a week that would provide $20 billion over five years to the wastewater state revolving fund, but debate continues over whether to apply a prevailing-wage requirement, committee aides said as of May 2003.The wastewater and drinking water SRF programs provide low-interest loans for water infrastructure projects and have become a major source of water infrastructure financing.Davis-Bacon is also an issue that has fractured Congress along party lines, with many Republicans opposing any Davis-Bacon requirement in legislation and most Democrats insisting on it.Currently, the House SRF bill does not have a Davis-Bacon requirement, but at the markup next week an amendment requiring that the law apply to the SRF money in the bill will be introduced, according to Ken Kopocis, minority staff director for the House transportation committee's water subcommittee.


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