Washington, D.C. — Senator Ted Budd (R-NC) has joined Sen. Todd Young (R-IN) and 17 other colleagues to introduce S.537, the Fair and Open Competition Act (FOCA).

The bill would ensure that the federal government and recipients of federal assistance cannot mandate project labor agreements on federal projects, thereby increasing competition and lowering construction costs for taxpayers.

Senator Budd was the lead sponsor of FOCA when he served in the House.

Sen. Budd said in a statement:

“Government mandates favoring Big Labor are both unfair and extremely costly to the taxpayer. The vast majority of the private construction workforce does not belong to a union, and these workers should not be blocked from doing work on government projects through project labor agreements (PLAs). PLA mandates needlessly increase the cost of government construction projects. Our bill simply says that federal contracts should be open to the company that makes the best bid.”


FOCA would enhance competition and government neutrality towards labor relations in the following ways: