AFBF: Bipartisan Support Needed to Block Child Labor Regs
Washington--The American Farm Bureau continues to urge bipartisan support for congressional legislation that would prevent the secretary of labor from finalizing or enforcing the proposed Department of Labor child labor regulations.
Early last month, Rep. Tom Latham (R-Iowa) introduced the Preserving America’s Family Farm Act (H.R. 4157). More recently, Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) introduced a companion bill (S. 2221), which has 44 co-sponsors.
The Labor Department is currently reviewing approximately 18,000 comments on proposed youth labor rules that would negatively affect the way families operate their farms and ranches.
Under the proposal, even routine farm chores, such as driving tractors, milking cows, cutting weeds and building or repairing fences would likely be considered illegal unless the farm on which the youth worked was wholly owned by his or her parents.