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: Mr. President, Don't Make Promises in Copenhagen That Will Destroy Our Economy
Tamara Hinton (202) 225-0184
WASHINGTON – This week during The Ag Minute, Ranking Member Frank Lucas highlights the need for President Obama to refrain from making promises on climate change that will destroy our economy.
Click here to listen to The Ag Minute. The transcript is below.
"Soon President Obama will head to Copenhagen, Denmark to attend the United Nations Convention on climate change.
"During a time when our country is suffering from the worst recession in decades with double digit unemployment, when study after study predicts that cap and trade policies will cause higher energy costs and lost jobs, and when polls show that Americans are more concerned about those lost jobs than policies that address climate change – now is not the time for our President to make promises to the international community.
"The U.S. should not act based on the expectations foreign governments may have regarding what the U.S. should do on climate change.
"Some of my idealistic colleagues will say that the U.S. needs to lead on climate change in the world - that we have to set the example. But, I say we should not put our American workers at a competitive disadvantage so that other countries can reap the rewards.
"President Obama should not commit the U.S. to standards that would destroy millions of American jobs and damage our economic competitiveness for decades to come."
The Ag Minute is Ranking Member Lucas' weekly radio address that is released each Tuesday from the House Agriculture Committee Republicans.