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27 April 2012

Obama Administration Axes Rule Prohibiting Kids from Working the Family Farm

"Could you tell how many children in Georgia have died picking peas? Have you ever gone and worked on a farm yourself? Is it not true that you apparently have never picked peas? Is it not true you are not aware of the work children do on the farm?"

Those are the questions posed to state Representative Rashad Taylor (D - Atlanta) by House colleague Penny Houston (R - Nashville) during debate on a resolution urging the United States Department of Labor to repeal a rule prohibiting children under the age of 16 from working the family farm.

House Resolution 1561, opposed by Representative Taylor, condemned the rule crafted by Obama Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis. It is very true that neither Taylor nor Solis are aware of the work children do on the farm. They've never picked peas. They've never worked on the farm. They don't understand it, so they want a new rule to regulate it.

H.R. 1561 passed the Georgia House by a wide majority (the final vote count was 125 - 30), and was sent to Secretary of Labor Solis and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

Thursday, the U.S. Department of Labor announced that, "in response to thousands of comments expressing concerns about the effect of the proposed rules on small family-owned farms," the proposed rule dealing with children under the age of 16 who work in agricultural vocations is withdrawn.

"The Obama administration is firmly committed to promoting family farmers and respecting the rural way of life, especially the role that parents and other family members play in passing those traditions down through the generations. The Obama administration is also deeply committed to listening and responding to what Americans across the country have to say about proposed rules and regulations.

"To be clear, this regulation will not be pursued for the duration of the Obama administration."

Georgia children are now safe from big government telling them they can't pick peas on the family farm.