American Apparel and Footwear Association

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AAFA is an influential voice for the U.S. apparel and footwear industry on Capitol Hill and around the world.

 

in the spotlight

Check out AAFA's events across the topics of trade, intellectual property and brand protection, supply chain, and more. Events Calendar > 

legislative action

Now is the time to contact Congress to tell them how trade benefits you. Click here to send an email to your elected representatives urging action on trade.

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Other Legislative & Regulatory Issues

Corporate Tax Reform

Increasing momentum towards a corporate tax code overhaul necessitates the apparel and footwear industry to ensure sensible policies of broad-based reform.

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Corporate Speech Limits

The Obama Administration and some in Congress have sought several opportunities to restrict the ability of companies to engage in political speech and to participate in advocacy efforts.

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NTC / [TC]2

Each year, the National Textile Center (NTC) and the Textile/Clothing Technology Corp. ([TC]2) receive federal appropriations to support their work to advance the competitiveness of the U.S. textile and apparel industry complex.

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Labeling

Diverse and confusing labeling rules remain a trade barrier. AAFA supports greater national and international opportunities to harmonize standards.

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Interchange Fees

Thanks to the excessive fees banks charge retailers on debit and credit card transactions, the U.S. banking industry has reaped an estimated $40 billion a year in windfall profits.

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Sales Tax Fairness

Many businesses in our industry have physical stores, internet marketplaces, or both. It is imperative they are all subject to an equal and fair sales tax treatment under state law.

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Labor

With more than four million U.S. workers in the U.S. apparel and footwear industry, employment and labor issues are a top priority.

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Health Care Reform

A major focus for President Barack Obama’s primary focus has been to reform the health care system to ensure that every American has some basic level of coverage.

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Commodities

Commodity prices for key inputs used in the apparel and footwear industry have fluctuated significantly over the last few years.

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Business Activity Tax

Many states are currently attempting to assess state income taxes and other business activity taxes on companies that have no physical presence in the state.

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