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AF&PA Thanks Senate for Confirming Fuchs, Oberman to Surface Transportation Board

Donna Harman Donna Harman

Dec. 3, 2019 (WASHINGTON) - American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman thanked the U.S. Senate for confirming Patrick Fuchs and Martin Oberman to serve on the Surface Transportation Board.

“The opportunity to advance long-overdue freight rail policy reforms received a boost with Senate confirmation of Patrick Fuchs and Martin Oberman to the Surface Transportation Board. The paper and wood products industry looks forward to working with the board to ensure our companies have an avenue address harmful service and pricing issues. Along with revoking the outdated commodity exemption policy, these reforms will go a long way toward supporting our industry's ability to move billions of tons of materials to production mills and final markets.”

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 approximately $300 billion in products annually, and employs nearly 950,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $55 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.