Sept. 18, 2015
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AF&PA: Carper’s Postal Reform Bill is Step in the Right Direction Toward Congressional Action on Postal Reform
WASHINGTON – American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman today issued the following statement regarding the Sen. Tom Carper’s (D-DE) introduction of a Postal Reform bill.
“We appreciate Senator Carper’s leadership on the introduction of legislation aimed at improving the financial viability of the U.S. Postal Service. AF&PA’s top priority in comprehensive postal reform is rate stability and customer service if mail is to compete with ever-increasing options to reach consumers. We remain concerned about the effects of the exigency rate increase. It was intended to be a limited escape valve for extraordinary circumstances and not a permanent solution.
“AF&PA looks forward to working with Chairman Ron Johnson and Senator Carper to address industry concerns and ensure that the vital services provided by the Postal Service are maintained for all Americans.”
The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative - Better Practices, Better Planet 2020. The forest products industry accounts for approximately 4 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures over $200 billion in products annually, and employs approximately 900,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 47 states. Visit AF&PA online at www.afandpa.org or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.