Obama’s Department of Labor Reverses Course, Drops Idea of Banning Chores on Farms



The seal of the United States Department of Labor

On Wednesday we published a story about the Obama administration’s new proposal that would make it much tougher for kids to work on family farms. It appears the outrage made its way straight to the top and the DOL is quickly reversing course.

Under pressure from farming advocates in rural communities, and following a report by The Daily Caller, the Obama administration withdrew a proposed rule Thursday that would have applied child labor laws to family farms.

Critics complained that the regulation would have drastically changed the extent to which children could work on farms owned by family members. The U.S. Department of Labor cited public outcry as the reason for withdrawing the rule.

“The decision to withdraw this rule — including provisions to define the ‘parental exemption’ — was made in response to thousands of comments expressing concerns about the effect of the proposed rules on small family-owned farms,” the Department said in a press release Thursday evening. “To be clear, this regulation will not be pursued for the duration of the Obama administration.”

The concern now, of course, is that Obama’s DOL will just craft new language and package it a different way. All the more reason to pay very close attention to every move they make going forward.

-Eric Odom

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1096309191 Lloyd W Vollmuth

    the admin is filled with a$$#oles

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1641596811 Timothy Kleszynski

    we should ban nazi pelousy!! and her brain dead Ideas!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000305987378 Lynn Kirk

    would this be a flip or a flop?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=752699369 Ernie Deane

    Nancy Pelosi is a Communist Douche-Bag!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000590979677 Michael Raymond Burns

    Once again they played their hand and now people see them for the communist bastards they are!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1411068712 Jeremy Herzberg

    The fact this was even considered is absolutely terrifying. And I’m not a fear monger. Holy over reach of govt!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000575244768 Kevin Smith

    Obama wanted those jobs for his illegal worker voters, not for hard working American teens!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1726581026 Kathy Jones

    Lol I kind of figured. but they’ll go around it another way. just watch

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003010494194 Christopher Hufford

    Yeah, it was kinda odd for die hard Progressives to ban what was the pride of the Socialist Bloc for so many centuries. (the pictures of the girls dressed in ugly clothes on tractors & such)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1279076706 Michelle Lorence Cole

    when we make our voices heard!!! Keep doing this all the way to the election!!!WE’RE MAD AS HELL AND WE’RE NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000104569721 Charles Correll

    It’s plan to see that chores help build character in children, We all know BO never did any!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1547082779 Elizabeth A MacPherson

    Many different groups JOINED TOGETHER to make this ban reversed. See what happens when similar minded people work in unison! When there is no need to superior – just right!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1401514139 Natalie Chadwick

    Can’t we all do the same and get rid of Obama???

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1341592714 Joe Boundy

    see!….they ARE afraid of us and we DO have power:) way to go America!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1175889310 Michelle Helzer Egbert

    Check out the documentary Farmageddon, this is worse that what is being reported!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1726581026 Kathy Jones

    I think this had to do more with some of the lobbiest groups that was going to pull their funding. there was some very large agriculture groups that put out some emails that they were going to pull funds if they continued to push this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1547082779 Elizabeth A MacPherson

    ^Kathy – my entire church are farmers and would have been shut down by this and not ONE of them has a lobbyist. I am sure that the FFA and 4H had something to say but I would not paint them in a bad light by calling them lobbyist. My niece is in 4H. They teach her leadership skills and animal husbandry and family first. Unlike Girl Scouts that teach to hate traditional values! Many in rural churches and local coffee shops got involved along with prominent farmers like Stuart Varney. So not sure what “funds” and “large agriculture groups” you are talking about. Farmer/Ranchers are the backbone of this country and have been shit on by the Feds (specifically the EPA) for far too long! This was the last straw!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=605156689 Betsy Worthington

    Follow the money. They don’t give a rats ass what ‘the people’ want…it is ALWAYS about the money.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001045610178 Angela Mendonca-Burch

    To me I saw much more in it, they are trying to make the next generation much more dependent on the government by eliminating their work ethic and values that get instilled by working on the farm. Much more insidious. You can bet that next they would have changed “work” and chores for city kids.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1438218183 Beth Dunn Corbett

    Once again – the Obama administratioin tries illogical, idiotic “over reach” into things they have NO business DICTATING. If this does not fire up the base that has some common sense left….

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1522378172 Janet Graeff

    Chores on the farm as a child taught resposibility, a good work ethic, the satisfaction of a job well done, self esteem, & the true value of a doller. I’m thinking those are still necessary lessons?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1644680841 Jonie L Brockmeyer

    @Natalie: we could and that is the objective for November.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1294370496 Donna Moore

    Yes….power to the people!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1517146429 Judith Williams Fuller

    They are stupid beyond belief! Way to go people.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1604589323 Robert Chermely

    Nice move on their part, but knowing the FEDS, they will try and sneak it in somewhere. Isn’t it great how city folk like to make everyone city folk!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000174878787 Lori Gibson

    Obama will try to sneak this into another bill later after the outrage blows over ! Watch !

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1037830882 Tammy Koivisto

    does that mean i don’t have to do my own yardwork?