Retailers to Congress: Stop coddling textiles industry
December 11, 2001,
Washington, DC — The National Retail Federation today fired off a letter to the House leadership to express its "outrage and disappointment" over concessions made with the textiles industry to ensure last week's passage of Trade Promotion Authority legislation.
Renewal of the TPA, which expired during the Clinton term, allows the president to negotiate trade pacts without passing them through Congress. The measure passed by just one vote — 215-214 — and in the deal-making process beforehand, House leaders promised that the next trade bill to come through will require that U.S. yarn and fabric used to produce goods in Caribbean and Andean nations must be dyed and finished in the U.S.