After touring sewing factories in Perth Amboy and Newark and promising to deliver relief from tariffs as high as 13.5% on shirt fabrics, U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-Hoboken) today joined with Republican senators to drop the bill, according to the senator’s office.
Menendez joined Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Bob Casey (D-PA) to help refund many of the unfair duties on domestic shirt makers – leveling the playing field for American businesses and protecting American workers.
Last month, Menendez toured both Individualized Shirts and Gambert Shirts, two New Jersey shirt manufacturers that would have to eliminate hundreds of jobs without this legislation.
“American workers are the best in the world,” said Menendez. “But they’re fighting a losing battle on an uneven playing field. That’s wrong, and it’s time we fix it. By leveling the playing field we can create jobs right here in New Jersey, not overseas.
“This program has a proven track record stemming the loss of apparel and textile manufacturing jobs and in promoting U.S. exports. It is imperative that we extend this tariff relief to Pennsylvania manufacturers so that they can compete and thrive.”