Administration drops proposed farm restrictions for kids
Sen. Jerry Moran weighs in on decision
- Duration 3:38
- Date Apr 27, 2012
Sen. Jerry Moran weighs in on decision
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The story we've been following for you here -- happening now this week and the Obama administration is now dropping.
A controversial plan it restricting children from doing what it considered to be hazardous work on farms owned by any -- else.
Then the child's parents.
And that included banning -- -- younger than sixteen from using a tractor for example or -- -- younger than eighteen from working in feed lots.
And Scott stockyards but that's not happening anymore more because of a decision dismayed by the Labor Department late yesterday here's a statement coming out of the Labor Department.
Quote the decision to withdraw this rule was made in response to thousands of comments.
Expressing concerns about the effects of the proposed rules on small family owned farms to be clear.
This regulation will not be pursued.
For the duration.
Of the Obama administration Republican senator Jerry Moran of Kansas was with us yesterday.
And you're leading the charge on this senator to make sure that this is this regulation went into a fact that there'd be another option or the congress and takes an action so when -- -- learned that.
That now that administration is abandoning.
Its pursuit of this.
-- only a few hours after I talk to you on fox news yesterday.
The -- department of labor's announcement to the press release was sent to us by.
The congressional affairs folks.
-- and that it was met with great surprise and a great joy and I in the sense that I just firmly believe as as do many particularly those involved in agriculture but many across the country that this was a broad overreach.
That lacked common sense and good judgment.
-- and certainly everyone is interested in that in the safety of our young people.
But for the Department of Labor to intervene in a family situation where moms and dads and and four H and FF AR better.
Able to protect kids then at an agency -- department watching BC.
This is a real victory and and I'm in Kansas today -- yesterday when we visit that was -- wash DC but here in our state across the country.
Farming is a family operation and so to have to remove a young person from having the opportunity.
To experience -- working on a farm.
Changes the nature of that.
Family farming operation but also changes the opportunities that we've had to educate our kids and give a -- -- a sense of of value of work and work ethic and and this is it doesn't happen very aren't that I have a victory like this is not my success.
181000 Americans commented to the.
A lot of letters that's for sure I only have a minute left that is when asking about some -- supporters add this regulation or this this restriction.
Said listen we actually have to update some of the older -- regulations that we have -- it comes to farm and farm work.
Do you see any bad -- to that do you see that maybe the government in some areas could actually work with farmers to do.
To improve upon was actually in place now.
I would encourage the Department of Labor as they pursue this topic to set down with that can't come to Kansas -- my invitation and sit down with the family farm.
Meet -- four -- group go to high school and -- and FF -- chapter sat down with farm bureau and other farm commodity and and farm organizations and and if you're going get to pursue this topic of a child safety were -- an agreement about the need to make certain our children are safe.
But let's have that dialogue let's have make let's make certain the Department of Labor has an understanding and appreciation.
Of a way of life that's been pretty important in our country and certainly important to us here in rural -- I hope you let us know if they accept your invitation because we like to be -- well -- senator thank you very much appreciate the time.
And -- we got.