Clinton, Bush to US: Buy more clothes from Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush want to increase Haiti's clothing exports to the United States.

They are uring Congress to boost the tariff-free quota from 70 million to 250 million square meters and extend an existing deal's expiration from 2018 to 2025.

In a letter to Democratic and Republican leaders and provided to The Associated Press, the former presidents say the expansion would provide thousands of jobs for Haitians and help U.S. cotton exporters.

But textile workers in Haiti say the $3.09 a day they earn is not enough to feed their families.

Clinton is U.N. special envoy to Haiti. Bush visited Haiti with him last month.

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