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Sen. Jerry Moran
Tuesday, 20 March 2012 07:16
Kansas Common Sense
Wednesday morning, I had an opportunity to question U.S. Secretary of Labor
Hilda Solis about her Department’s proposal to ban youth under the age of 16
from participating in many common farm-related activities during a Labor/HHS
Appropriations Subcommittee hearing.
I’ve been continually working to show the
Department of Labor (DOL) that its proposal is not only an unprecedented
overreach by the federal government, but will fundamentally alter rural America.
As currently drafted, the proposal would prohibit our youth from operating the
most basic tools like a battery-powered screwdriver or a pressurized garden
hose. A major concern that I have, and a question that I continually find myself
asking is: “if the federal government can regulate what youth can do on their
own family farm, what can’t they regulate?”
Thursday morning, I spoke about this ridiculous federal overreach with Steve
Doocy and Brian Kilmeade on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends” morning show. In the
weeks ahead, I will continue to work with my colleagues to try to stop this
destructive rule. If you are also concerned about the DOL’s proposed rules, you
can share your concerns at www.keepfamiliesfarming.com. Click
here to watch my comments on Fox.