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Sen. Franken praises Labor Department for withdrawing new child labor rules

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Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) has applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture for withdrawing proposed rules dealing with children who work on farms.

"I'm relieved that the Department of Labor decided to shelve these regulations," Franken said. "I've heard from a lot of Minnesotans about this proposal -- and I've worked to make sure that we protect our proud tradition of family farming. For generations, Minnesota's kids have grown up on farms, learning the trade and the values that are so important to our state. And on the farms I've toured in Minnesota, I've always seen how seriously everyone already takes safety. While they may have been well-intentioned, these rules would have had a negative impact on our state's ag community, and I want to thank the Department of Labor for hearing our concerns."

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