Rep. Gosar Spearheads Arizona GOP Delegation Letter to FAA, Countering Democrats

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Washington, DC, February 12, 2014 | comments
U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) spearheaded an Arizona Republican Delegation letter to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) commending its decision to move forward with construction of the new control tower at Tucson International Airport under a competitive bidding process.
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For Immediate Release
February 12, 2014

 

Contact: Garrett Hawkins
Garrett.Hawkins@mail.house.gov

Rep. Gosar Spearheads Arizona GOP Delegation Letter to FAA, Countering Democrats
‘Part of eliminating waste is discontinuing the use of frivolous, Democrat-advocated labor agreements...A PLA is nothing more than a special union kickback’

 U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) spearheaded an Arizona Republican Delegation letter to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) commending its decision to move forward with construction of the new control tower at Tucson International Airport under a competitive bidding process. Every Republican member of Arizona’s Delegation signed the letter, including Reps. Trent Franks (AZ-08), Matt Salmon (AZ-05), and David Schweikert (AZ-06) as well as Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ).

Click HERE to view the letter led by Rep. Gosar.

After the letter was delivered, Rep. Gosar issued the following statement:

“The Democrats' reckless efforts to increase federal spending cannot be ignored. Our country is in serious financial distress and one of the reasons is wasteful spending typical of PLAs and Davis-Bacon rates. One of the best ways to put our nation back on a fiscally sustainable path is to eliminate waste, fraud and abuse. Part of eliminating waste is discontinuing the use of frivolous, Democrat-advocated labor agreements, which do nothing but line union pockets with taxpayer money.

“I applaud the FAA for using common sense and moving forward under a competitive bidding process. A PLA is nothing more than a special union kickback. These deals are both unnecessary and incredibly wasteful. In practice, they do nothing to structure the relationship between labor and contractors. But they do eliminate competition and drive up costs.”

Previously, every Democrat in Arizona’s Delegation signed a letter to the FAA requesting that it impose a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) on contractors building the facility. As stated in the letter spearheaded by Rep. Gosar, however, PLAs typically increase construction costs by 12-18 percent, thus wasting millions of taxpayer dollars.

Click HERE to view the letter to the FAA from Arizona Democrats.

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