By Kristi Ellis

“One of the really big problems that we have seen from the sequester is the cancelation of travel by trade policy officials,” said Julia Hughes, president of the U.S. Association of Importers of Textiles & Apparel. “Whenever the administration is negotiating an agreement like TPP or get ready to start negotiations like the Transatlantic discussions with the EU, it is so important for the government to meet with the industry and have that kind of a dialogue on a regular basis. We applaud the restoration and increase in funding [in the president’s budget].”

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