The American Apparel Manufacturers Association (AAMA), Arlington, Va., has made bold moves to
improve its government relations program.First, it has formed a formal Government Relations
Division, which will be headed by Steve Lamar. The AAMA has also retained the services of the
Duberstein Group, one of the leading political consulting groups in Washington, D.C.The AAMA has
been involved in the reducing and lifting the tariffs on sewing machines and other apparel
manufacturing equipment and parts imported into the United States.AAMA continues to be involved in
trying to persuade Congress to adopt NAFTA equivalency for the Caribbean Basin countries.