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  • Graves and Tipton Applaud the Reversal on DOL Youth Labor Rule
    Posted in Press Releases on April 27, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Regulatory Reform / Regulations, Rural America, Workplace Issues, Oversight

    Graves and Tipton Applaud the Reversal on DOL Youth Labor Rule WASHINGTON, DC—House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) today issued the following statement in response to the Department of Labor’s reversal of its harmfully intrusive rule on youth labor on family farms: “This Committee has worked hard to highlight the negative consequences of nonsensical rules including those proposed by the Department of Labor to restrict our youth’s ability to work on family farms. It appears o... Read more

  • Graves & Tipton Statement on National Agriculture Day
    Posted in Press Releases on March 8, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Rural America

    House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) and Agriculture, Energy and Trade Subcommittee Chairman Scott Tipton (R-CO) today issued a joint statement in honor of the 39th annual observance of National Agriculture Day: Chairman Graves said, “Today is set aside to not only salute our industrious agriculture community, but also to spread awareness of the vitality of agribusinesses to a strong economy and safe and plentiful food supply. As a sixth generation farmer myself, I know that... Read more

  • CQ: GOP Appropriator Determined to Stop Proposed Revisions to Child Labor Law
    Posted in Articles on February 3, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Regulatory Reform / Regulations, Rural America, Oversight

    GOP Appropriator Determined to Stop Proposed Revisions to Child Labor Law By Ellyn Ferguson, CQ A senior Republican appropriator on Thursday vowed to stop the Labor Department from revising agriculture-safety rules for child workers, despite the agency’s decision to reconsider a proposal that farmers and rural lawmakers said could adversely affect family operations. “I can assure you, as chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, that you haven’t seen the last of this,” said Rep. Den... Read more

  • AgriPulse: Proposed DOL Child Labor Regs Draw Fire From All Sides
    Posted in Articles on February 1, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Rural America, Workplace Issues

    Proposed DOL Child Labor Regs Draw Fire From All Sides Agripulse The Department of Labor is likely to be in the hot seat Thursday when a House subcommittee reviews proposed regulations that could restrict how children work on U.S. farms and ranches. The plan, which has generated more than 10,000 public comments, is drawing fire from both Republicans and Democrats. Children working on farms owned by their parents would be exempt, but critics say the proposals still go too far. For example, the p... Read more

  • Chairman Graves in the St. Louis Dispatch: Obama Should Champion Small Business
    Posted in Op-Eds on August 17, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Rural America, Oversight

    Obama Should Champion Small Business By Chairman Sam Graves August 17, 2011 The U.S. Department of Labor reported that 117,000 jobs were created in July and the unemployment rate fell slightly to 9.1 percent. While new job growth is always welcome, in the context of the past few months, with unemployment continuing to rise and nearly 14 million Americans still out of work — we have a long way to go. Our nation's average monthly job creation is 133,000 — a far cry from the 300,000 jobs per month... Read more

  • CNN Money: Obama's Keystone Pipeline Nix Worries Small Business
    Posted in Articles on January 20, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy, Rural America, Contracting, Technology

    Obama's Keystone Pipeline Nix Worries Small Business By Jose Pagliery January 20, 2012 The hopes of some small business owners in the Nebraskan towns of Fairbury and Steele City were crushed when the Obama administration rejected a proposed expansion of the Keystone oil sands pipeline. Extending the Canadian pipeline 1,179 miles to the area promised both towns another chance to bounce back from the ongoing economic crisis. In 2010, when the first line was built, waves of engineers and construct... Read more

  • Rural America Solutions Group Sends Follow-Up letter to Administrator Jackson on EPA’s Job-Killing Policies
    Posted in Press Releases on October 28, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Rural America

    House Rural America Solutions Group Co-chairs, Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK), Small Business Committee Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO) and Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Doc Hastings (R-WA), sent a letter today to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson to recap the Rural America Solutions Group forum on job-killing EPA regulations held on September 29, 2010 that she declined to attend. The letter states that “some of the EPA’s prop... Read more

  • Rep. Luetkemeyer: EPA’s Job-Killing Regulations Target Rural America
    Posted in Op-Eds on October 8, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Rural America

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) appears bent on destroying rural America. The EPA and Majority party’s attempt to regulate everything from mud-puddles to dust is a massive power grab that threatens the livelihoods of our family farmers, small businesses, and rural communities. No one cares more about the environment than the farmers and ranchers of America. After all, the land allows our farmers and ranchers to feed, educate, and clothe their families and neighbors. Everyone agrees tha... Read more

  • Forum Examines Impact of Job-Killing EPA Regulations on Rural America
    Posted in Press Releases on September 29, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Rural America

    Representatives Frank Lucas (R-OK), Sam Graves (R-MO), and Doc Hastings (R-WA), Co-Chairs of the Rural America Solutions Group, hosted a forum today entitled, “The EPA’s Assault on Rural America: How New Regulations and Proposed Legislation are Stifling Job Creation and Economic Growth.” Experts from across the country traveled to Washington, D.C. to discuss Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations and provide real-life examples of how these regulations and related legislation have affe... Read more

  • Luetkemeyer Highlights Concerns of EPA’s Ongoing Assault on Rural America
    Posted in Press Releases on September 29, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy, Rural America

    U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-9) and members of the Rural America Solutions Group today participated in a forum that focused on the destructive job-killing policies of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Democratic leadership in Congress. The EPA’s Assault on Rural America: How New Regulations and Proposed Legislation are Stifling Job Creation and Economic Growth forum was sponsored by the Rural America Solutions Group. Luetkemeyer and his colleagues heard from rural Americans who p... Read more