Protectionist textile bill passes House
The House approved a bill that would tighten curbs on textile, apparel, and shoe imports and sent it to President Reagan on Friday. Reagan has threatened to veto the bill, a move that would be hard to override, say lawmakers who nonetheless are hopeful. Southern textile-state lawmakers formed the bulwark of support, along with their allies whose constituents are Rust Belt industries also under heavy pressure from imports.
The measure would impose import quotas on 180 categories of textile products and 30 types of footwear, a system that would be reviewed after 10 years. The bill would set up a one-year program under which the government would auction off import licenses.
White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater told reporters Reagan ``wouldn't veto it until next week.'' The exact timing of Reagan's action on the bill is not certain.