All $188 billion of construction projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (H.B. 1) must pay Davis-Bacon prevailing wage rates. This requirement will increase project costs by $17 billion and depress the economy.
Associated Builders and Contractors said construction companies would benefit from the bill’s infrastructure spending, which includes energy retrofits of federal buildings and schools, and other projects in addition to highway projects. ABC, however, said it is disappointed the bill requires the use of Davis-Bacon Act prevailing wage requirements on all projects funded by the bill.