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: Pesticides Bill Needs Swift Senate Action
Tamara Hinton, 202.225.0184
WASHINGTON – This week during The Ag Minute, Rep. Bob Gibbs, discusses the urgency for the U.S. Senate to consider the House-passed pesticides bill, H.R. 872, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011. The bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry in early April, but no action has been taken. Rep. Gibbs is an original sponsor of H.R. 872 and helped lead efforts for its passage in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Click here to listen to The Ag Minute. The transcript is below.
"The House of Representatives passed H.R. 872, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011 in a bipartisan vote of 292-130 on March 31st. I was proud to have helped lead this effort, which eliminates a costly and duplicative permitting requirement for the application of pesticides.
"On April 4, the bill was referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee, but there has been no action taken.
"Recently, Senate Agriculture Committee Republicans led by Ranking Member Pat Roberts sent a letter to the Committee’s Chair calling on her to bring up the bill for the Committee’s consideration.
"There is no time to waste. This problem needs a legislative fix. This permitting requirement is an economic burden to agricultural producers.
"Unless the Senate acts, the only measureable results of this requirement will be higher costs for farmers and ranchers and the number of lost jobs in Ohio’s leading industry and other places across the country.
"I urge my colleagues in the Senate to join the House’s bipartisan efforts and pass H.R. 872 so we can get a bill to the President. Our agricultural producers are counting on us."
The Ag Minute is Chairman Lucas's weekly radio address that is released each Tuesday from the House Agriculture Committee.