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IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

Mr. Seymour (for himself, Mr. Marshall, Mr. Tilsley, Mr. Hall, Mr. Augustus King, Mr. Blackstone, Ms. DuBois-Granger, and Mr. Krol, with thanks to Mr. Butler and Mr. McMillan) introduced the following bill;

A BILL

 

To protect the textile industry in the United States.

 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

 This Act may be cited as the “Protecting American Textile Manufacturing Act”.

SECTION 2. PROHIBITION OF RUSSIAN IMPORTS.

(a) The importation of textiles or textile products, broadly defined, from the Soviet Union is hereby illegal.

(b) Individuals or firms which illegally bring textiles or textile products into the United States from the Soviet Union, whether directly or indirectly, are liable for prosecution under appropriate statutes.

 

SECTION 3. TEXTILE MACHINERY IMPROVEMENTS.

(a) There is hereby established in the Treasury the Textile Machinery Modernization Fund.

(b) All customs duties imposed on textile machinery and parts imported into the United States shall be deposited into the Textile Machinery Modernization Fund, established in subsection (a) of this section.

(c) Revenues in the Textile Machinery Modernization Fund shall be appropriated to research projects for the modernization of the United States textile machinery industry.

 

SECTION 4. INCREASE IN IMPORT QUOTAS.

(a) For imports of textiles and textile products:

(i) In 1987, the total amount of such imports shall not exceed 101 percent of the total allowable amount of such imports in 1986;

(ii) For each subsequent year, the total amount of such exports shall not exceed 101 percent of the total allowable amount of such imports in the preceding year.

(b) For imports of nonrubber footwear:

(i) In 1987, the total amount of such imports shall not exceed 101 percent of the total allowable amount of such imports in 1986;

(ii) For each subsequent year, the total amount of such exports shall not exceed 101 percent of the total allowable amount of such imports in the preceding year.

(c) The limitation imposed under this section shall not apply to imports of textiles, textile products, and nonrubber footwear if both:

(i) such articles are exempt from duty under the Tariff Schedules of the United States; and

(ii) such articles are manufactured by U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents.

 

SECTION 5. TRADE NEGOTIATIONS.

(a) The President is hereby authorized to:

(i) enter into trade agreements to grant new concessions as compensation, to the extent required under U.S. trade agreements for the import limits imposed by this Act; and

(ii) proclaim such modification or continuance of any existing duty on textiles, textile products, and nonrubber footwear as necessary to carry out such agreements, consistent with this Act.

(b) The President is hereby prohibited from:

(i) reducing any rate of duty on textiles, textile products, or nonrubber footwear by more than ten percent;

(ii) entering into trade negotiations with any country with respect to duties on textiles, textile products, and nonrubber footwear outside of the provisions of this Act; and

(iii) decreasing or proposing a decrease in any such duty by any means, including an implementing bill or a proclamation, outside of the provisions of this Act.

(c) Before entering into any trade agreement covering textiles, textile products, or nonrubber footwear, the President must consider whether such country has violated trade concessions of benefit to the United States and such violation has not been adequately offset by U.S. action or by the action of such country.

 

References:

Section 2

Section 3

Section 4 et seq.

Edited by Recks

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