Letter to the Chairman, U.S. Tariff Commission, Requesting an Investigation of Cotton Imports.
Dear Mr. Dorfman:
I have been advised by the Secretary of Agriculture that there is reason to believe that articles or materials wholly or in part of cotton are being or are practically certain to be imported into the United States under such conditions and in such quantities as to render or tend to render ineffective, or materially interfere with, the programs or operations undertaken by the Department of Agriculture with respect to cotton or products thereof, or to reduce substantially the amount of cotton processed in the United States from cotton or products thereof with respect to which such programs or operations are being undertaken.
The Tariff Commission is requested to make an immediate investigation under Section 22 of the Agricultural Adjustment Act, as amended, to determine whether a fee equivalent to the per pound export subsidy rate on the cotton content of imported articles and materials wholly or in part of cotton is necessary to prevent the imports of such articles from rendering or tending to render ineffective or materially interfering with the Department's programs for cotton and cotton products, or from reducing substantially the amount of products processed in the United States from cotton or products thereof, with respect to which such programs are being undertaken.
The Commission's investigation and report should be completed as soon as practicable.
A copy of the Secretary's letter is enclosed.
JOHN F. KENNEDY
[Honorable Ben D. Doffman. Chairman, United States Tariff Commission, Washington, D.C.]
John F. Kennedy, Letter to the Chairman, U.S. Tariff Commission, Requesting an Investigation of Cotton Imports. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/235632