Obama Regime Backs Down on Farm Child Labor Law

By Gary P Jackson

Well that didn’t take long! After a lot of hell raising from farmers and disgusted Americans, Barack Obama and his rabid communist Labor Secretary Hilda Solis have decided to scrap the proposed ban of children working on farms.

From The Daily Caller:

Under pressure from farming advocates in rural communities, and following a report by The Daily Caller, the Obama administration withdrew a proposed rule Thursday that would have applied child labor laws to family farms.

Critics complained that the regulation would have drastically changed the extent to which children could work on farms owned by family members. The U.S. Department of Labor cited public outcry as the reason for withdrawing the rule.

The decision to withdraw this rule — including provisions to define the ‘parental exemption’ — was made in response to thousands of comments expressing concerns about the effect of the proposed rules on small family-owned farms,” the Department said in a press release Thursday evening. “To be clear, this regulation will not be pursued for the duration of the Obama administration.

The rule would have dramatically changed what types of chores children under the age of 16 could perform on and around American farms. It would have prohibited them from working with tobacco, operating almost all types of power-driven equipment and being employed to work with raw farm materials.

Prohibited places of employment would include country grain elevators, grain bins, silos, feed lots, stockyards, livestock exchanges and livestock auctions,” read a press release from last August.

I am pleased to hear the Obama Administration is finally backing away from its absurd 85-page proposal to block youth from participating in family farm activities and ultimately undermine the very fabric of rural America, but I will continue working to ensure this overreaching proposal is completely and permanently put to rest,” said Sen. John Thune, Republican from South Dakota. “The Obama DOL’s youth farm labor rule is a perfect example of what happens when government gets too big.

Parents and children who grew up on farms across the country told TheDC that the rule was overprotective and would have prevented kids from learning valuable skills at early ages.

Read more here.

On bad law down, thousands to go!

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3 responses to “Obama Regime Backs Down on Farm Child Labor Law

  1. Aaron Allen

    Hi Gary: Farming [all forms of ag.] is one of the most dangerous forms of
    work in our society: Fortunately, common sense has convinced many agri
    folk that protective devices and safer work practices are important. Many
    farm families have adopted work gloves, safety glasses/goggles and hard
    hats/bumpcaps. Also. many farm families have adopted crewcab pickups
    rather than allow family members [especially kids] to ride in the open bed.
    Unguarded power-takeoff belts and tumble-shafts are not run when being
    cleared or adjusted. Harvestring machines and grainbins are killers and
    a number of farmfolk are lost anually. Farmfolk MUST practice safety first
    and supervise inexperienced kids around animals, machinery and elec-
    ricity. Many 4H and FFA Chapters stress ag-safety and there is a way to
    assure safety while kids gain their farm knowlege and skills…A simple
    but strong ‘rollover’ cage on tractors is a good place to start–don’t forget
    to keep the ‘drawbar’ below the rear axle height!..Aaron Allen..

    • Gary P Jackson

      Yup, farming is dangerous, but so is getting out of bed. Farming not only grows crops, it grows good people.

      The federal government has an agenda, but it has nothing to do with safety.

      I’m glad this rule was defeated.

  2. Bob

    I think it is government control

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