The American Apparel & Footwear Association gave the senators its the "Friend of the Industry" award during a reception held Tuesday in D.C. Now, whether a "friend of the industry" award is one the senators want to flaunt (flaunt! clothes! get it?), is another matter. Not the most politically helpful accolade.
The award is given to individuals or a group that "recognizes and promotes the issues of a competitive U.S. apparel and footwear industry that operates in the global market," according to an AAFA release.
The AAFA acknowledged McConnell's support of small and medium-sized business who outfit troops and how he's pushed for free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea. Schumer's district includes 40 percent of AAFA members' headquarters and "has been a receptive ear to the U.S. apparel and footwear industry," the association said, including working on the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Save Our Industries Act.
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