This week the Republican controlled U.S. House of Representatives had 27 defections to side with Democratic Union buddies on a crucial vote on H.R. 2055, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. The vote concerned amendment H 411, which was introduced by Steven LaTourette (R-OH) to strike section 415 of the bill. Amendment 411 passed by a total of 204-203. This amendment effectively forces government contractors to use Union labor on all federal construction projects. Silly me, and here I thought Speaker Boehner and our (supposed) watchdogs of the taxpayer’s purse in the House Republican majority were going to cut spending and work to save the taxpayers money every chance they get. Forcing Union labor for government taxpayer funded projects is just the opposite of what we voted for in the 2010 elections, as this always leads to huge increases in project costs and prohibits the very competition that would ensure the taxpayers get the most bang for the buck. Shame on Speaker Boehner, and the 27 House Republicans who voted to climb in bed with big labor unions and the Liberal Democrats once again. Two of these “progressive” Republicans come from my state of Florida and will be hearing from me tomorrow. Are any of your turncoat Republican representatives on the following list of those who voted for this amendment:
Also of note is the fact that no less than 10 Republicans either chose not to vote, or were not able to vote because they were not in the House during this vote:
I included the reps links here just in case anyone is concerned about the lack of leadership we see here from the Republicans who are supposed to be trying to cut back on spending as they promised when we gave them the house majority, and want to call them up. Forced Union labor has been proven to increase costs drastically in these projects. This is precisely how, while we are looking the other way, our Republicans vote with Liberal, union-owned Democrats to screw the taxpayers. Every single one of these fake conservatives needs to be voted out in 2012, no excuses. Pass this information around to everyone concerned with the wrong direction America is heading in today. Unions are Democratic vote for taxpayers dollars machines. Voting for this amendment will further empower Unions and Democrats and make restoring fiscal sanity that much more difficult. Pay attention folks.