Kay Hagan, a North Carolina Democrat who was elected to the U.S. Senate with the help of out-of-state liberals, has proven to be a disappointment for progressives. The legislative ranking for Hagan from That’s My Congress shows that she has given more support to conservative legislation than to liberal bills in the 113th Congress.
Hagan’s last significant legislative act in 2013 won’t do much to improve her image. On December 20, Hagan introduced S. 1883, a bill that will preserve a special loophole for “certain trousers, breeches, or shorts imported from Nicaragua”. The law allows corporate outsourcers to evade paying import duties on the pants.
What is the public good created by this loophole? How does it benefit Americans to have pants imported from Nicaraguan garment factories rather than made in the USA?
There is no benefit. The loophole Hagan wants to perpetuate will make business more difficult for American manufacturers of trousers, breeches and shorts, reducing the number of jobs available to Americans who are still looking for work in the wake of the Great Recession.
If it wasn’t for politicians like Kay Hagan, we would have more all-American clothing companies, and more clothing companies offering more made-in-the-USA clothes.