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Jul 13, 2017

 1. On July 11, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced that he is canceling half of the Senate’s traditional August recess.
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2. Officials from the General Services Administration announced that the planned move of the FBI headquarters to suburban Washington D.C. has been canceled. The initial plan was for the Federal government to sell the FBI’s Hoover Building to a real estate developer and receive $2 billion in taxpayer funds from Congress to cover the remaining cost.
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3. In a proposed amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, Rep. Gosar (R-AZ) has attempted to degrade the prevailing wage protections offered by the Davis Bacon Act. The amendment calls for the shifting of prevailing wage calculation from the Hour and Wage Division of the Department of Labor to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). While the name makes some believe this an appropriate shift, the methodology utilized by the BLS will amount to a drastic miscalculation of the prevailing wage. The BLS method fails for a number of reasons, most notably, it does not account for the variance in wages across different types of construction nor does it account for the fluctuation of wages from job site to managerial locations. These, among multiple other characteristics, make the BLS determination of the prevailing wage a detrimental proposal to the electrical construction industry.
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