WASHINGTON — A broad coalition of cotton, man-made fiber, yarn spinner and fabric manufacturer groups reiterated their call Monday on President Bush to invoke a safeguard action against China, negotiate strict rules of origin in a Central American trade pact and maintain tariffs on textiles in the global round of trade talks.

In a letter to the president, the 14 groups claimed the majority of the 773,200 remaining apparel and textile jobs will be “on the line” if the administration fails to live up to its promises to help the textile industry. They called the outlook for the sector “grim” and said the administration could “mitigate the calamity facing U.S. textiles” if it takes the aforementioned steps.

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