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WASHINGTON – American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman urged Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and the full Senate to quickly confirm the nominations of Patrick Fuchs and Michelle Schultz to the U.S. Surface Transportation Board. Both nominees appeared before the Commerce Committee on Wednesday, April 11.
“Paper and wood products manufacturers rely on the nation’s rails to move billions of tons of materials to production mills and final markets. Yet our companies and other industries continue to face harmful service failures and higher pricing with no avenue to recourse. We urge the Commerce Committee and the full Senate to immediately confirm Mr. Fuchs and Ms. Schultz to the board so they may work to advance long-overdue rail service reforms. Revoking the outdated commodity exemption policy and other key actions will help ensure effective, streamlined and competitive rail service is accessible to all rail customers.”
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 four 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 www.afandpa.org or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.