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Vietnamese Trade Pact Facing Resistance [wsj wash wire]

In Economic Justice, Environment, HIV/SIDA, Immigration, International politics, International Public Health, International Trade, Labor, Misc., The War On Drugs, US Politics on September 22, 2006 at 7:36 am

Another on trade issues from Wash Wire

ADMINISTRATION FACES congressional resistance to Vietnam trade pact.

Textile-friendly Republican Sens. Dole of North Carolina and Graham of South Carolina resist letting Vietnam join WTO. They warn trade representative Schwab of “large-scale job losses in both our states” and seek limits on Vietnamese apparel exports to U.S.

“We’re looking for some way for the industry to defend itself,” says industry advocate Cass Johnson. To soothe domestic companies, Commerce Department official Lavin visits North Carolina textile executives.

After returning from China, Paulson will meet with Sen. Schumer, who may seek floor action on tariff bill.

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