LOBBYING

THE LATEST SKINNY ON WASHINGTON'S SKIVVIES WAR

It's the bikini line vs. the bottom line. It's the underpinnings of an inside-the-Beltway underwear war. It's HANES vs. FRUIT OF THE LOOM, a high-stakes trade battle over who's going to wear the underpants in the family. At issue: a $200 million provision attached to the budget bill that would allow briefs and other goods manufactured in the Caribbean to enter the U.S. at dramatically lower tariffs. Fearing that the provision would help competitors munch into its market, FRUIT OF THE LOOM has hired former Senate majority leader turned lobbyist BOB DOLE to oppose the measure. Cheerleading for Hanes' parent, Sara...

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