WASHINGTON — Members of the House textile caucus introduced a bill last week that would require the Bush administration to take into consideration the impact of trade deals on the domestic apparel and textile industries.

The measure, in part, is designed to heighten government officials’ attention on how competition from low-priced imports has negatively affected U.S. textile and apparel businesses and the twin sectors needs. However, as the bill points out, the sectors still employ a combined 964,000 workers, despite steep job losses over the last decade, and contribute $48.3 billion to the U.S. Gross Domestic Product.

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