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President Trump poised to kill 'blacklisting rule'

Joe Mont | March 8, 2017

President Trump is poised to formalize Congressional action that kills the Obama Administration’s so-called “blacklisting rule” for federal contractors.

On Monday, the Senate voted 49 to 48 to eliminate the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule, echoing a House vote in February.

Republicans in both chambers relied upon the Congressional Review Act to repeal the rule. That once infrequently used law allows for a majority vote to repeal late term rules by the previous administration.

On Aug. 24, the Department of Labor and the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council announced final regulations and guidance implementing a 2014 executive order by President Barack Obama. The Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Directive set the stage for requiring that prospective federal contractors disclose labor law, civil rights, and wage violations. It also required guidance for contracting agencies on how to factor in labor violations when awarding federal contracts and sub-contracts...

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