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Softwood lumber letter deadline nears

Sept. 7 is the deadline for senators to sign softwood lumber letter.

BY HBSDealer Staff

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) said the deadline for senators to sign-on to the softwood lumber letter is Sept. 7.

The NLBMDA is also urging dealers can take action by contacting their senators and ask them to sign a bipartisan letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, the U.S. Trade Representative, which encourages U.S. trade officials to return to the negotiating table and reach a new softwood lumber agreement with Canada.

To date, the letter authored by senators Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Jack Reed (D-RI) has been signed by senators Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Doug Jones (D-AL), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Chris Murphy (D-CT), and Mike Rounds (R-SD). A copy of the letter can be found here.

This past June, 171 lawmakers in the House of Representatives sent a letter to Ross and Lighthizer asking that the U.S. renew discussions with Canada to end the softwood lumber dispute. NLBMDA led the effort on the letter, and supports reaching an agreement on the longstanding U.S. and Canada softwood lumber dispute that brings stability and predictability to the pricing and availability of softwood lumber without the imposition of duties.

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