One of the smartest things President Bush did to reduce recovery costs in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita was to suspend Davis-Bacon Act rules in the hardest hit states. But Congress is frantically trying to overrule the president, which would add billions of dollars to the already staggering recovery costs.The suspension of Davis-Bacon allows contractors receiving federal funds to pay the migrant workers they're shipping in less than the going rate for the work they're doing:
The Louisiana Department of Labor says it has received requests from contractors to certify 500 illegal migrants. Agency officials estimate that the actual number of illegal migrants already working for contractors is far higher, because many employers are not bothering with the paperwork.So it appears the administration is using coordinated media propaganda to defend a policy which will allow the recipients of big government spending to hire illegal immigrants and screw American labor.
Is there any segment of the population this story won't piss off?
UPDATE: LonewackoDotCom@TPMCafe links to this article on illegal immigrants and federal reconstruction dollars.