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NCTO to Congress - pass Fair Currency Act & save jobs

Apr '07
The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) urged the U.S. Congress to act immediately and address China's persistent manipulation of its currency by passing the Fair Currency Act of 2007 (H.R. 782/S. 796).

This legislation, introduced by Reps. Tim Ryan (D-OH) and Duncan Hunter (R-CA) in the House and Senators Jim Bunning (R-KY) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) in the Senate, will give American manufacturers the necessary tools to combat the pervasive currency manipulation that exists among countries like China and Japan.

“Since the Asian currency crisis in the late 1990s, when the Asian countries devalued their currencies across the board, employment in the U.S. textile and apparel sector has decreased by more than 50 percent,” said Cass Johnson, President of NCTO.

"This means that more than 700,000 workers were left out of a job, without health insurance, and without a retirement plan. The bleeding of jobs because China refuses to stop manipulating its currency, something that it agreed to do when it joined the WTO, has got to stop. The recent elections were a clear indication that American workers are tired of being on the losing end of the free trade agenda and they are now demanding that the U.S. government look out for their interests by getting tough on China."

Johnson continued, “the U.S. textile industry is particularly at risk from China's currency manipulation and its multitude of other subsidies. Quotas on textile and apparel imports from China will expire in less than two years, and unless something is done to rebalance the competitive environment, China is predicted to take two-thirds of the U.S. apparel import market."

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