Status in the 110th Congress

The affirmative action debate is also present on the federal level, most recently in the context of the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) program, an affirmative action initiative.

On December 26, 2007, President Bush signed the FY 2008 omnibus appropriations package (H.R. 2764) into law, following a successful effort to make sure that DBE remained intact. During the course of the Senate debate in September on the FY 2008 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill (H.R. 3074), no amendments were considered to eliminate or alter DBE. Representative Tim Walberg (R-7th MI) has made repeated attempts to harm DBE or cut other affirmative action programs. He was able to attach such language to H.R. 3074 in the House, which is why the Senate’s non-action was extremely important.

PFAW opposes Representative Walberg’s efforts and would have opposed a Senate DBE amendment.

Updated February 29, 2008

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