Rep. Austin Scott, Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture, held a public hearing to review the impact of enforcement activities by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on specialty crop growers. Specifically, Subcommittee Members addressed growing concerns that DOL is using the "Hot Goods" provision under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA) in an arbitrary manner against producers of perishable agricultural commodities without regard for the inevitable destruction of the product and significant economic hardship inflicted on farmers and their employees.
The Ag Minute: Kerry-Lieberman Cap and Tax Bill Recycled Version of Waxman-Markey
WASHINGTON – This week during The Ag Minute, Ranking Member Frank Lucas discusses the Kerry-Lieberman cap and tax bill introduced in the Senate last week, and the efforts of the Obama Administration to implement a job-killing cap and tax program whether Congress passes a bill or not.
Click here to listen to The Ag Minute. The transcript is below.
"Senators John Kerry and Joe Lieberman introduced their much anticipated climate bill in the Senate last week.
"Try as they may to call this bill something different than cap and tax, it’s not. It’s simply a recycled version of the Waxman-Markey cap and tax bill that narrowly passed the House last June.
"I voted against that bill because the agriculture sector and those who live and work in rural America would be hit the hardest.
"It’s no coincidence that this cap and tax bill was unveiled the same week the Environmental Protection Agency released a rule stating it would begin regulating greenhouse gases by requiring energy producers and manufacturers to obtain permits.
"The Obama administration has not been shy about its intentions to bully Congress into passing a job-killing cap and tax bill. It has made it clear that it’s ready to expand EPA authority and regulate if it deems necessary.
"But, what is clearer is how out of touch the administration is to hardworking Americans who are already enduring rising gas prices, food prices and energy costs. Americans can’t afford cap and tax – no matter how the administration and the Democratic leadership try to sell it."
The Ag Minute is Ranking Member Lucas's weekly radio address that is released every week from the House Agriculture Committee Republicans.