Politico: U.S. textile producers, importers square off over China tariffs

By Doug Palmer

"Tariffs on clothing, footwear and other fashion products would constitute a huge, regressive tax increase," Julia Hughes, president of the United States Fashion Industry Association, told the panel. "For many of these products, China remains the No. 1 supplier in the world, with no realistic options for other sourcing destinations that could replace China."...

But the fashion sector argues that it supports "higher-paying" jobs in areas such as design, product development, logistics, sourcing and services even if major cutting and sewing operations have mainly moved outside the United States.

"Retail operations alone support 42 million jobs — or 1 in 4 American jobs," Hughes said.

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