Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey has joined the growing opposition to Hilda Solis’ recent move to tighten up regulation of child labor on American farms.
The regulations, which were suggested several months ago, would limit the ability of children to work on farms. The regulations would limit children under the age of 16 from operating most powered farm machinery. In addition, it would limit children from working with many animals, and would prevent them from working in silos.
Children working on family farms would be exempt from these regulations.
Toomey is the latest politician to criticize these new regulations while condemning the Labor Department, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the federal government in general.
“This is a really a solution in search of a problem. Kids learn tremendously valuable life lessons by learning the discipline and learning to be productive on a family farm,” said Toomey. “We don’t need a bunch of bureaucrats in Washington deciding that they can’t do that anymore.”
In addition, Toomey has recently come out against Environmental Protection Agency regulations regarding the Chesapeake Bay. The EPA recently limited the amount of sediment runoff allowed into Chesapeake Bay tributaries.
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Written by: Justin Ellison / Farm Plus Staff Writer