Sen. Barack Obama, (D-IL) told the National Council of Textile Organizations that if elected President he will monitor imports of Chinese textiles and apparel once safeguards are removed.
- preserve the yarn forward rule in free trade agreements,
- support the “buy America” Berry Amendment, which requires that the Department of Defense source U.S. made textile products,
- increase funding and enforcements efforts regarding unfair trade practices, and
- use all diplomatic means to end Chinese currency manipulation.
Obama disclosed his position in response to a six-point questionnaire issued by the trade organization, which represents domestic textile companies. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) had not responded to the survey as of Friday.
Warlick commented, “Because of Chinas long history of surging into the U.S. market, a China monitoring commitment is crucial to ensuring that the U.S. government can move quickly to prevent a damaging surge which could threaten tens of thousands of U.S. textile jobs once safeguards are removed on January 1st.”