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Johanns seeks to keep OSHA accountable with family farm regulations

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U.S. Senator Mike Johanns today spoke on the Senate Floor thanking his congressional colleagues for their support for family owned farms in the face of regulatory overreach by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).  Johanns reiterated a warning to OSHA and other federal agencies who attempt to defy the law through excessive regulations.

"I come to the floor today to thank my colleagues in the Senate for standing up for family farms," Johanns said. "I am also here to issue a warning to OSHA: the Senate makes crystal clear in the new appropriations bill that OSHA policies and inspectors better get in line with the law … I am pleased that the omnibus appropriations bill further reinforces our position through report language specifically addressing OSHA's overreach, while continuing the long-standing small farm exemption."

Johanns' remarks and his omnibus appropriations language were in response to OSHA's recent efforts to regulate farms with fewer than 10 employees, despite a 36-year congressional exemption. The omnibus appropriations package contains report language clarifying that farm activities, such as grain storage, are included in the congressional exemption, and calls on OSHA to work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture before attempting to redefine or regulate post-harvest activities.

Johanns also led 42 Senate colleagues in a bipartisan demanding the agency immediately stop the unlawful regulation of family farms.

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