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House Passes Bill Banning Egyptian, Sudanese Cotton Imports

A bill banning cotton imports from Egypt and the Sudan was passed by a 274 to 64 vote in the House of Representatives today, despite efforts by the Administration to kill the measure.

The bill, which goes to the Senate, would prohibit imports of cotton from countries that have severed relations with the United States, and was clearly aimed at the Moslem governments which broke diplomatic relations following the Israel-Arab Six-Day War. The measure was supported by the House Agriculture Committee but was opposed by the Administration, whose spokesman argued that it was important to maintain flexibility because of the need to change policies from time to time.