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Governors Send Letter To Bush ATMI Comments

The governors of Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina the four largest textile-producing states have sent a letter to President George W. Bush urging the administration to take immediate action to alleviate the crisis facing the U.S. textile industry.The governors noted that President Bush has provided assistance to the domestic steel industry and requested that a similar effort be made to help the U.S. textile industry. Approximately 56,000 domestic textile jobs 10 percent of the workforce have been lost in the last 12 months.American Textile Manufacturers Institute (ATMI) President, Charles A. Hayes, commented: We appreciate [the governors] call for President Bush to similarly recognize the urgency of this situation and to make maximum use of his powers under existing law to confront the problems caused by foreign unfair trade practices.Our industry contributes over $70 billion to the national economy, and employs nearly one-half million people. These individuals need their President to go to bat for them.We [ATMI] join the governors of these states in urging President Bush to make immediate use of all the weapons in his arsenal to fight unfair trade practices and to prohibit the importation of goods made with child labor. We further support the governors call for the president to instruct his negotiators not to negotiate any new trade pacts that will lead to more job losses in the U.S. textile industry.

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