By  on January 13, 2012

WASHINGTON — Apparel importers expressed some concern about President Obama’s proposal to merge the U.S. Trade Representative’s office with the Commerce Department and four other agencies, saying it could eliminate USTR’s ability to respond quickly to issues and proposals that arise during crucial trade negotiations.

Obama said Friday that he is seeking “consolidation authority” from Congress to merge six federal government departments into one new cabinet agency in an effort to curb waste, “redundancy and inefficiency,” and save the government money. The other four agencies are the Small Business Administration, the Export-Import Bank, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and the U.S. Trade & Development Agency.

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