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 Debates Cap & Trade Bill on House Floor
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WASHINGTON – "The Waxman-Markey bill promises to destroy our standard of living and quality of life with high er energy costs, higher food prices, and lost jobs. This bill is the single, largest economic threat to our farmers and ranchers in decades.
"We have more than 115 agriculture and food groups publicly opposing this bill still today. Do you know why? The greatest threat to our agricultural producers is ignored. Under H.R. 2454, input costs will escalate as a direct result of this energy tax.
"Meanwhile, the markets for their crops will shrink because foreign competitors, whose governments will not place these burdens on their farmers, will be able to undersell them," said Ranking Member Frank Lucas.
The complete video of Rep. Lucas' speech is below.