President Trump signed legislation repealing the so-called “blacklisting rule” Monday that required federal contractors to disclose labor violations.
The Obama-era rule was intended to prevent the government from contracting with businesses responsible for wage theft or workplace safety violations at any point within the last three years. Business groups feared it gave unions the upper hand at the bargaining table.
Republican lawmakers voted to strike down these regulations through a rare application of the Congressional Review Act, which had only be used successfully once in 2001 when then-President George W. Bush repealed a Clinton-era labor regulation.
Trump signed Congressional Review legislation repealing the blacklisting rule, along with three other regulations aimed at protecting the environment and students, Monday afternoon during a White House signing ceremony.