By  on June 3, 2013

WASHINGTON — Sen. Frank Lautenberg, a long-respected Democratic senator from New Jersey who died Monday of viral pneumonia at the age of 89, championed several legislative causes with implications for the fashion industry throughout his political career.

The senator waded into many controversies, ranging from the storm last year over U.S. Olympic Committee uniforms that were made in China, to tougher regulations on chemicals found in items like beauty-care products and textiles, and a debate over whether 100 percent of all containers entering U.S. ports from overseas should be scanned.

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