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Textile Issues Left On Hold

As the 107th Congress goes forward with plans to adjourn this week, it will put off until next year action on several issues of particular importance to the textile industry. Because Congress has been unable to act on more than a dozen appropriations bills for next year, it will pass continuing resolutions that will keep spending for virtually all government agencies at present levels. This leaves up in the air what the government will spend on the research programs at the National Textile Center and T2C2. The government programs likely will be continued, but the level will have to be determined after Congress reconvenes in January.Congress also failed to complete action on a Miscellaneous Trade and Technical Corrections Bill that provides for suspension or reduction of duties on four types of textile machinery used by US mills, but that are not available from domestic sources. The machines are certain ink jet and other textile printing equipment, and some shuttle and shuttleless power looms.The legislation also would make technical corrections that would clarify congressional intent regarding coverage of knit-to-shape items under the Caribbean and Sub-Sahara Africa trade preference programs. Because several senators had problems with some provisions of the bill, it will die and have to go through the entire legislative process next year. November 2002




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