The Bush administration will reinstate rules requiring that companies awarded federal contracts for Hurricane Katrina pay prevailing wages…
Rep. Peter King, R‑N.Y., was among congressmen critical of the administration’s decision to waive the requirement and who met Wednesday with White House chief of staff Andrew Card. He said Card told them the wage requirement would be reinstated Nov. 8.
“We thought it was bad policy and bad politics, and I guess they accepted our argument,” King told The Associated Press.
This is a welcome change. Undoubtedly it won’t be retroactive, so it may be that this will simply result in a rush of contracts being signed before Nov. 8, but good policy and a genuine concern for the victims of Katrina seem to have won out over rank corporate greed for now, at least.