U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell joined several of his Senate colleagues in introducing legislation to prevent the Department of Labor from enacting its proposed regulations to restrict youth under 18 from working on family farms. Senator McConnell made the following comments Thursday regarding the DOL proposal:
"Many farmers believe it's insulting to suggest that they would put their kids at risk and that the government is needed to step in to regulate their family life. The informed, commonsense decisions of parents should take precedence over those of unelected bureaucrats thousands of miles away. Family farming is a tradition in Kentucky and these proposals set a dangerous precedent for the federal government's intrusion into family matters."