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AF&PA Urges Senate to Approve Regulatory Accountability Act Following Committee Passage of the Legislation

May 17, 2017
Contact: Barbara Riley / Chuck Fuqua
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WASHINGTON – American Forest & Paper Association President and CEO Donna Harman underscored the need for regulatory reform following U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee passage of the Regulatory Accountability Act (S. 951). She issued the following statement which urges the Senate to quickly pass the legislation.

“America deserves a regulatory system that protects public interests with necessary protections, while also promoting innovation, economic growth, job creation and public confidence in government. The Regulatory Accountability Act will help achieve these goals, and we urge the Senate to move quickly and pass the bill approved by the Committee. A more transparent and accountable regulatory process, including a judicially-enforceable cost benefit test and the opportunity for public comment period on costly, complex proposals will serve our nation well for generations to come.”  

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The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue 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 45 states. Visit AF&PA online at or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.