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WASHINGTON – American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman today issued the following statement regarding the defeat of the bipartisan Ribble-Schrader-Rouzer-Peterson Amendment to be included in the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform (STRR) Act of 2015.
“We are disappointed that Congress failed to give states the chance to improve the current inefficient transportation system. We greatly appreciate the 187 members of Congress who saw through the opponents’ rhetoric and misinformation and voted in favor of reducing the number of trucks needed and miles traveled to deliver paper and wood products to our customers and raw materials to our facilities. Our industry – like many – depends on an integrated transportation system and strives to incorporate efficiency into every aspect of our business model. Safely increasing truck weights would have gone a long way toward extending the life of existing roads and reducing traffic congestion. AF&PA will continue to use fact-based advocacy to ensure that manufacturers are able to move products around the country in a safe and efficient manner.”
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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 afandpa.org or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.