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Joint Resolution of the Georgia General Assembly requesting Congress to increase tariff on textiles

Joint Resolution of the Georgia General Assembly

Mar. 13, 1957


No. 87 (Senate Resolution No. 12).

A Resolution.

To request Congress to increase the tariff rates on cotton textile imports; to establish a reasonable system of workable import controls; and for other purposes.

Whereas, the uncontrolled importation of cotton will soon amount to a large percentage of the overall United States production, and

Whereas, the average wage scale of some foreign textile industries is only one-tenth the prevailing American rate, and

Whereas, this country, by congressional mandate, is currently selling cotton to foreign mills at prices one-fourth to one-third less than those charged American mills, and

Whereas, the Georgia cotton farmer’s future and well-being depends primarily on a profitable and expanding textile industry in the United States, and

Whereas, a basic segment of the national economy is being undermined and immediate action is necessary to defend American jobs and living standards, and to assure employment stability, solid growth, and confidence for the future of the cotton textile industry;

Now, therefore, be it resolved by the General Assembly of Georgia, that the United States Congress be requested to increase the tariff rates of cotton textiles and establish a reasonable system of workable import controls.

Be it further resolved, that a copy of this Resolution be transmitted to the United States Tariff Commission and to each member of the Georgia Delegation to the United States Congress.

Approved March 13, 1957.

Ga. Laws 1957, pp. 537-538.