Today, Congressman Marlin Stutzman (IN-03) released the following statement after the Department of Labor announced it was abandoning its proposed rule that would have unfairly targeted one of the most valuable American institutions, the family farm.
"As a parent, a farmer, and a small-government conservative, I'm glad to hear that the Administration has backed away from this foolish proposal," said Stutzman. "Federal bureaucrats have no business meddling in these family businesses. I grew up farming and so will my sons. Safety comes first, but parents know that better than any Washington bureaucrat. I'm glad that common sense prevailed and the Department of Labor decided to back down from this needless exercise in over-regulation."
On December 16, 2011, Congressman Stutzman joined 153 Members of Congress to express strong, unified, and bipartisan opposition to Department of Labor's proposals. A fourth-generation farmer from Howe, Indiana, Stutzman is co-owner of Stutzman Farms. Together, with his father, two brothers, and brother-in-law, the Stutzmans farm 4,500 acres, growing soybeans, green beans, and seed corn.