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.
Rural America Solutions Group Press Conference Available on YouTube
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WASHINGTON – Rep. Frank Lucas, Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Committee and Co-Chair of the Rural America Solutions Group, along with fellow Co-Chairs Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO) and Rep. Doc Hastings (RWA) held a press conference yesterday to highlight the impact of the Waxman/Markey climate change and energy bill on rural America. This bill is being considered by the House Energy and Commerce Committee this week.
The complete press conference can be viewed on the Rural Solutions Group YouTube channel.
The link is below.
An excerpt of Rep. Lucas’ comments is below:
"This bill is nearly 1,000 pages long and mentions agriculture six times and not in any substantive way. Yet, the impact of this bill on production agriculture and rural economies will be huge. Farmers and ranchers are staring at huge costs without any offsets. Rural Americans are staring at huge energy costs without any relief. If you like being cool in the summer, you’re going to be affected. If you like being warm in the winter, you’re going to be affected. If you own a farm, you're going to be affected. If you want to run a small business or work in one, you're going to be affected. If you want to go anywhere, you’re going to be affected. This is going to affect all of us. Congress needs to take a good, long look at this bill and its impact on Americans all across the country,”
said Ranking Member Frank Lucas.
The list of Members of the Rural America Solutions Group is included below:
Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK) – Co-Chair
Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA) – Co-Chair
Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO) – Co-Chair
Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT)
Rep. Henry Brown (R-SC)
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT)
Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX)
Rep. Steve King (R-IA)
Rep. Tom Latham (R-IA)
Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO)
Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY)
Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA)
Rep. Adam Putnam (R-FL)
Rep. George Radonovich (R-CA)
Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN)
Rep. Adrian Smith (R-NE)
Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH)
Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC)