Twenty-seven Republicans voted against their party on the amendment, and all but one Democrat voted for it.
Earlier in the day, Republicans argued that LaTourette's language would ensure that project labor agreements would always be used, which would drive up construction costs by requiring union workers. But LaTourette and other supporters said the language is needlessly anti-union, and would prevent the government from comparing the costs with and without a project labor agreement.
Also on Monday, members rejected an amendment from Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashHouse Freedom Caucus member slows floor business House votes to block Gitmo transfers Republican exodus from Trump grows MORE (R-Mich.) that would have prohibited funds in the bill from being used to enforce the Davis-Bacon prevailing wage requirements. That proposal was killed in a 178-232 vote.
But the House easily approved an amendment from Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) that prevents any spending under the bill that is in violation of the War Powers Resolution. This language was seen as more favorable on this bill than it was on a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spending bill, and it was approved in a 248-163 vote.
After voting on these and other amendments, the House in a separate roll call vote overwhelmingly approved Title II of the bill, which relates to funding for VA. The rule for the bill, H.R. 2055, required a separate vote on this title, and was designed this way by Republicans as a check against loading up appropriations bills with too many elements and having them all pass together.
Members approved Title II in a 409-1 vote.