President Trump already has some congressional Republicans worried about his ability to stay on message. But the president’s federal government hiring freeze sends an age-old conservative message loud and clear.
This weekend marks the unofficial end of summer as well as a chance for us to reflect on the achievements of American workers. This year workers across our country have a lot to celebrate, thanks in part to a series of executive orders signed by President Obama.
The Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order is particularly important for Americans working for a federal contractor. The Federal government spends $500 billion in taxpayer dollars every year for goods and services provided by federal contractors, but too many are guilty of repeated and flagrant violations that endanger the lives of workers and cheat employees out of pay. Obama’s executive order will keep taxpayer dollars out of these companies’ coffers by requiring all bidders to disclose labor-law violations as far back as three years.
Governors and mayors across the country have an opportunity to follow President Obama’s lead to simultaneously protect contractors and taxpayers.