House hopes to shift responsibility for paying out Davis-Bacon claims

Davis-Bacon is enforced by Labor, but current law says the GAO is responsible for paying workers if they are found to be underpaid. The legislation would shift this responsibility to Labor.

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"This commonsense legislation is a win for both workers and taxpayers," said Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Mich.), the lead Republican sponsor. "GAO is no longer responsible for other claims functions, so it is time we move this administrative duty to the agency responsible for enforcing the law."

"It is time that we transfer this administrative responsibility to the agency that enforces this law," added Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.), the lead Democratic sponsor. "Transitioning claim adjustments from the GAO to the Department of Labor will help to streamline the process and ensure that workers receive their pay in a timely manner."

The bill is on the House's suspension calendar, which means it will need a two-thirds majority vote for passage. Other suspension bills up next week are:

H.R. 2052, the Global Investment in American Jobs Act, directing the Commerce Department to study ways to increase foreign direct investment in the United States,

H.R. 2844, the Federal Communications Commission Consolidated Reporting Act, consolidating FCC reporting requirements,

H.R. 1155, the National Association of Registered Agents and Brokers Reform Act, reforming the National Association of Registered Agents and Brokers, and

H.R. 1891, the Science Laureates of the United States Act, creating a Science Laureate of the United States, an expert in their field who would "inspire future scientists."

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