WASHINGTON, D.C.Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) applauded an executive order (EO) by President Obama that would ensure federal contractors don’t violate the rights of their workers. Following the Administration’s announcement, Brown offered the following statement:

“The U.S. government should never use taxpayer dollars to hire contractors with a history of labor violations,” Brown said. “If a company wants to be considered for federal contracts, it should disclose prior labor violations. And when the government considers potential contractors, it must emphasize integrity and a history of protecting worker rights. I applaud the President’s executive order which will stand up for workers and taxpayers by rewarding only contractors that do the same.”