IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
March 21, 2012
Mr. Thune (for himself, Mr. Moran, Mr. McCain, Mr. Tester, Mr. Rubio, Mr. Paul, Mr. Toomey, Mr. Wicker, Mr. Sessions, Mr. Vitter, Mr. Lee, Mr. McConnell, Ms. Ayotte, Mr. Barrasso, Mr. Blunt, Mr. Boozman, Mr. Burr, Mr. Chambliss, Mr. Cochran, Mr. Coats, Mr. Crapo, Mr. DeMint, Mr. Enzi, Mr. Graham, Mr. Cornyn, Mr. Grassley, Mr. Coburn, Mr. Hoeven, Mr. Inhofe, Mr. Isakson, Mr. Johanns, Mr. Hatch, Mr. Kirk, Mr. Kyl, Mr. Lugar, Mr. Johnson of Wisconsin, Mr. Risch, Mr. Roberts, and Mr. Alexander) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
To prohibit the Secretary of Labor from finalizing a proposed rule under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 relating to child labor.
Short title and Findings
This Act may be cited
Preserving America’s Family
Congress finds that—
family farms often depend on the contributions of youth for their successful operation;
regulations proposed to be adopted by the Department of Labor will adversely impact the longstanding tradition of youth working on farms to gain valuable skills and lessons on hard work, character, and leadership;
the proposed regulations would be detrimental to the opportunity for youth to gain experiential learning and hands-on skills for enrollment in vocational agricultural training;
the proposed regulations would obstruct the opportunity for youth to find rewarding employment and earn money for a college education or other meaningful purposes;
the proposed regulations will limit opportunities to recruit young farmers to agriculture at a time when the average age of farmers continues to rise; and
working on a farm has become a way of life for thousands of youth across the rural United States.
Rule relating to child labor
The Secretary of
Labor shall not finalize or enforce the proposed rule entitled
Labor Regulations, Orders and Statements of Interpretation; Child Labor
Violations—Civil Money Penalties (published at 76 Fed. Reg. 54836
(September 2, 2011)).