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WASHINGTON – American Forest & Paper Association President and CEO Donna Harman commended the House for passing the Guidance Out of Darkness (Good) Act (H.R. 4809) and urged the Senate to quickly pass the companion measure (S. 2296) to provide more transparency and accountability in the regulatory process.
“We applaud the House for passing legislation that requires federal agencies to post regulatory documents online in one, easily-accessible centralized website. That’s common sense, and we urge the Senate to follow suit and approve this overdue requirement of the OMB Bulletin that the agencies have failed to comply with. Providing transparency and accountability in the regulatory process is a win-win for the nation, plain and simple.”
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 950,000 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.