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.
Lucas Applauds House Action for Securing New Opportunities for Ag Exports
Tamara Hinton, 202.225.0184
WASHINGTON – Chairman Frank Lucas of Oklahoma issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 6156, the Russia and Moldova Jackson-Vanik Repeal Act of 2012, in a bipartisan vote, 365-43. This bill ensures that U.S. agricultural producers can benefit from Russia's membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO) by establishing permanent normal trade relations (PNTR).
"Today’s action by the House to grant permanent, normal trade relations with Russia will open up new, enforceable market access for our farmers and ranchers. For many years our exporters faced arbitrary and unpredictable market barriers in the Russian market, and we are pleased that our two countries will finally be trading on a level playing field. In FY2012, U.S. agricultural exports to Russia exceeded $1.5 billion. This action will provide additional value and increased access into a growing market for our farmers and ranchers through lower tariffs and more certain trade rules," said Chairman Frank D. Lucas.