By  on July 18, 2012

WASHINGTON — The Senate Finance Committee passed a series of trade-related bills Wednesday that will have significant implications for the fashion industry, including granting permanent normal trade relations to Russia and extending the third-country fabric provision for eligible sub-Saharan African countries.

The committee’s markup and approval of the measures, with bipartisan support, was considered a major accomplishment, particularly in a polarizing presidential election year. The bills will now move to the full Senate for a vote. The House Ways & Means Committee has not yet scheduled its own markup of any of the legislation.

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