By  on June 2, 2014

WASHINGTON — A coalition of industry trade groups urged the Obama administration on Monday to make a recommendation to Congress to repeal a 100 percent container-scanning mandate that has never been implemented but is still on the books and has been repeatedly waived.

Organizations including the National Retail Federation, Retail Industry Leaders Association, U.S. Fashion Industry Association and American Apparel & Footwear Association sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson lauding him for his recent two-year extension of the deadline for the controversial mandate, but imploring the administration to ask Congress to repeal it altogether. The mandate dates back to 2006 when legislation — passed by Congress and signed by then-President George W. Bush — set a deadline of July 2012 for the scanning of all U.S.-bound cargo containers for radiation and nuclear weapons.

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