Congress Plans on Curbing Textile Import Not Binding on Kennedy

The United States Tariff Commission was urged today to issue “without further delay” a report on its recent investigation of the effect of foreign textile imports into the United States including Israel-made products.

The call came from Republican Congressman Charles Jonas of North Carolina who complained that the Commission has been stalling on its report on which hearings were completed March 26. The Commission had been asked to look into the flow of cotton textile goods with a view to determining its effect on the U.S. textile industry and recommend possible curtailment of imports by Presidential proclamation.

A Commission spokesman said that the report would “probably be issued within the next six weeks” but he pointed out that the recommendations are not binding on the President. The Tariff Commission actions are separate and apart from Congressional efforts to reduce foreign imports by enacting an amendment to present legislation which would extend import quotas to non-participating members of the 1961 Geneva cotton textile agreement, Israel is not a member.

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