House Small Business Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade Chairman Scott Tipton (R-CO) today issued the following statement on the Department of Labor's decision to pull its controversial proposed rule on youth employment in agriculture.
The decision comes following Congressional pressure that included a hearing earlier this year held by Tipton in the House Small Business Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade, entitled, The Future of the Family Farm: The Effect of Proposed DOL Regulations on Small Business Producers.
"After much pressure from Congress and agriculture producers, the Department of Labor has announced that it will pull the proposed rule which would have restricted youth from on-the-job learning, the ability to participate in 4-H programs, and to do chores on the family farm," said Tipton. "This is a tremendous victory for common sense. I applaud the Department of Labor for coming to its senses and joining Congress in support of farming and ranching families across America."
For more on Tipton's efforts to stand up for family farms:
* Tipton to Examine DOL Proposed Rule on Youth Employment on Farms & Ranches
* Chairman Tipton Statement on DOL Decision to Re-Propose Agriculture Parental Exemption Regulation
* Tipton Holds Hearing on Proposed DOL Agriculture Youth Labor Rule