WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the Labor Department announced it would withdraw a proposed regulation that would have restricted youth involvement on family farms. The decision follows immense pressure from Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green), lawmakers, the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Ohio Association of Agricultural Educators and Ohio farm families, who have argued against the proposed rule.
"This is clear victory for the agricultural community and the next generation of farmers," said Latta. "The Department of Labor made the right decision in halting a regulation that is an overreach and intrusion into family farms across America."
On March 21, 2012, Congressman Latta submitted hundreds of comments to Labor Secretary Solis from Ohioans, who opposed the Obama administration's attack on rural communities.
"I'd like to thank the hundreds of Ohio farmers who shared their personal stories on how the proposed regulation would negatively impact their families and farms. This is proof that we can't remain on the sidelines when the President's Labor Department attempts to intrude on citizens livelihoods and community values," added Latta.
Latta's record of leadership in Congress to stop this rule:
On March 27, 2012, Congressman Latta cosponsored the Preserving America's Family Farms Act, H.R. 4157, a bill to negate the rule.
On March 20, 2012, Congressman Latta led the Ohio delegation in a letter to Secretary Solis along with hundreds of comments and stories from Ohio farmers. The comments submitted can be found here: http://latta.house.gov/UploadedFiles/Youth.pdf.
On December 13, 2011, Congressman Latta commented on the Department of Labor's proposed rule. The letter to Secretary Solis can be found here: http://latta.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=272844.