AF&PA applauds Senate for not passing rate increases for postal system, supports maintaining six-day delivery for at least another two years, urges House to take action to support USPS reform

WASHINGTON , April 26, 2012 (press release) – American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman today issued the following statement regarding the Senate’s passage of the 21st Century Postal Service Act of 2012.

“I applaud the Senate for taking action toward ensuring the financial viability of the postal system. I commend Senators Collins, Lieberman, Brown, and Carper for their vigilance and vision of seeking significant structural changes that are needed throughout the postal delivery system. We are pleased that the Senate did not adopt harmful rate increases that would further reduce demand for their services. We also support maintaining 6-day delivery for at least another two years.

“We must now turn our focus to the House, urging them to take swift action to ensure that a practical and fair approach is taken to reform our postal system.”

The American Forest & Paper Association is the national trade association of the forest products industry, representing pulp, paper, packaging and wood products manufacturers, and forest landowners. Our companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources that sustain the environment. The forest products industry accounts for approximately 5 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP. Industry companies produce about $190 billion in products annually and employ nearly 900,000 men and women, exceeding employment levels in the automotive, chemicals and plastics industries. 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

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