Congressman Robert Hurt today released the following statement after voting in favor of the bipartisan Preserving America's Family Farms Act. This legislation is aimed at ensuring that federal bureaucrats do not have the power in the future to propose a rule that would prevent our young people from working on family farms. Robert is a cosponsor of this legislation, which passed the House with unanimous support:
"Having grown up working on a farm in rural Virginia, I was alarmed to see the Department of Labor's proposed rules which would hinder the ability of young people in Central and Southside Virginia to work in agriculture as every generation of Virginians has done since our country's founding. Many of our family farms are struggling across the 5th District as a result of regulations which limit their productivity, stifle job creation, and threaten the future of their enterprise. Making it easier for our small businesses and farms to succeed and preserving our rural values are very important to me as I serve Central and Southside Virginians in Congress. We must maintain our farmers' ability to allow their children and grandchildren to contribute to their family businesses. This rule is but another example of federal over-reach, and I will continue to work with my colleagues to ensure that our family farms are not further negatively impacted by unnecessary red tape."
* Robert is a cosponsor of this bipartisan legislation, which passed the House today with unanimous support.
* Robert joined House colleagues in sending a letter to Secretary Solis, urging her to withdraw the proposed rules which greatly impact the agricultural industry in Central and Southside Virginia.