Florida GOP Rep. Connie Mack is the chairman of a new “Repeal Task Force” set up by the Republican Study Committee that will work to eliminate U.S. federal laws that inhibit, restrict, or are otherwise harmful to the American public. The taskforce will focus on laws that are unconstitutional, anti-free-enterprise, or otherwise counter to economic, national security, or social conservatism.
“Washington’s knee jerk reaction for too long has been to introduce more and more legislation to solve society’s problems,” Mack said this week. “The task force launching today is assembled to change that narrative and start peeling back a government that is bloated and needs a diet to make this country’s economy more agile and make our government more efficient and effective.
“How ironic that at the same time we are talking about reducing government in the House, the president is punting off the tough spending decisions and protracting our nation's debt problem for the next two decades,” added Mack.
Joined by U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, the chairman of the Republican Study Committee in a press conference to formally unveil the plan, Mack said the task force would look to repeal the federal health-care law that Obama backed, energy mandates and the Davis-Bacon Act, which requires that employees working on public projects are paid prevailing wages.
Mack and members of the task force argue that Davis-Bacon, which was signed into law in 1931 by Herbert Hoover and crafted by then U.S. Sen. James J. Davis of Pennsylvania, who served as U.S. Labor secretary under Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge and Hoover, hinders small businesses looking to obtain federal contracts.
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