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U.S. Senate Votes To Save Prevailing Wages

Law360 (September 12, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Construction workers scored a victory in the U.S. Senate Wednesday when lawmakers voted down an amendment to abolish prevailing wage standards in the industry in the wake of the Minnesota bridge collapse.

The Senate rejected an amendment proposed by Sen. Jim DeMint to waive the wage provisions of the Davis-Bacon Act for laborers making repairs to the nation's bridges and roads.

DeMint accused fellow lawmakers of putting special interests before public safety, but Sen. Edward M. Kennedy hailed the vote as a win for safety—and fairness....
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