WASHINGTON — Lawmakers introduced legislation on Thursday that would renew the President’s trade promotion authority and give the U.S. more leverage in negotiating trade deals.
Fashion industry trade groups hailed the move by lawmakers to advance legislation they argue is crucial to helping the U.S. wrap up negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership pact between the U.S. and 11 countries.
Sens. Max Baucus (D., Mont.), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and Orrin Hatch (R., Utah), the ranking Republican on the committee, along with House Ways & Means chairman Dave Camp, introduced the bicameral legislation.
“The TPA legislation that we are introducing today will make sure that these trade deals get done, and get done right,” Baucus said. “TPA legislation is critical to a successful trade agenda. It is critical to boosting U.S. exports and creating jobs, and it’s critical to fueling America’s growing economy.”
The bill’s sponsors said the new TPA legislation would establish the authority for four years, with the option of extending it an additional three years, and tighten Congressional oversight, and includes updated trade-negotiating objectives such as addressing currency manipulation, promoting global value chains and strengthening consultations with Congress and the public. The authority, formerly known as “fast track,” expired in 2007 under President George W. Bush. Under TPA, Congress does not have the ability to amend trade pacts negotiated by the executive branch and can only vote yes or no on them.
“The sooner we restore trade promotion authority, the sooner the United States can restore its credibility in negotiating trade agreements that benefit U.S. workers and create jobs in the United States,” said Philip C. Williamson, chairman of the American Apparel & Footwear Association, and president, chief executive officer and chairman of Williamson-Dickie Manufacturing Co. “Without trade promotion authority, the United States risks leaving trade partners with the sense that our word at the negotiating table isn’t worth anything because the administration and Congress aren’t working in concert.”
Julia Hughes, president of the U.S. Fashion Industry Association, said, “The fashion industry relies on new markets for both imports and exports of inputs and finished products. TPA will allow these markets to be open for U.S. fashion businesses even sooner, and grow the economy and jobs in industries across the United States.”
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
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Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast