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S. 4213 (117th): FABRIC Act

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The fashion and clothing industries have come under controversy, and not just because Kim Kardashian just wore Marilyn Monroe’s “Happy birthday, Mr. President” dress to the Met Gala.


Rather than an hourly wage, garment workers are often paid per garment. The going rate is usually around 2 to 6 cents per piece, which generally translates to at most $6 per hour.

California recently enacted the Garment Worker Protection Act, making it the first state to mandate such employees earn an hourly wage, rather than getting paid per garment, applied to companies with 26+ employees. The bill passed the state Assembly by 50–19 and the state Senate by 26–10.

Another issue in the industry, though hardly exclusive to it, is offshoring and moving production facilities …

Sponsor and status

Kirsten Gillibrand

Sponsor. Junior Senator for New York. Democrat.

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Last Updated: May 12, 2022
Length: 30 pages
May 12, 2022
117th Congress (2021–2023)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on May 12, 2022, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


6 Cosponsors (5 Democrats, 1 Independent)



May 12, 2022

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

S. 4213 (117th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 4213. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 117th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2021 to Jan 3, 2023. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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