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Attention Regulators: Listen to Small Businesses

Filed in Capitol Hill, Codes and Regulations by on March 29, 2017 1 Comment
Attention Regulators: Listen to Small Businesses

NAHB today called on Congress to work with federal regulators to fix the regulatory rulemaking process by ensuring that effects on small businesses are a primary focus for existing and future regulations.

Testifying before the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, NAHB First Vice Chairman Randy Noel told lawmakers that builders must navigate an ever-increasing tangle of regulations.

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NAHB Officers Discuss Key Regulatory Issues with EPA Administrator

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on March 29, 2017 0 Comments
NAHB Officers Discuss Key Regulatory Issues with EPA Administrator

NAHB senior officers held a productive meeting with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt today to seek ways to make regulations more cost-effective without undermining their intent.

Discussions focused on several important environmental regulatory issues of importance to the home building community, including the waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule, the lead paint rule and stormwater regulation.

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Trump Issues Executive Order to Roll Back Clean Power Plan Rule

Filed in Codes and Regulations by on March 28, 2017 0 Comments
Trump Issues Executive Order to Roll Back Clean Power Plan Rule

President Trump today signed an executive order directing the Environmental Protection Agency to replace or rework the controversial Clean Power Plan rule, which requires states to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants located within their borders.

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NAHB Chief Lobbyist Participates in Housing Finance Reform Roundtable

Filed in Capitol Hill by on March 24, 2017 1 Comment

NAHB Chief Lobbyist Jim Tobin was among a few industry leaders who participated in a housing finance roundtable today organized by Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio).

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Congress Strikes Down OSHA Recordkeeping Rule

Filed in Capitol Hill, Codes and Regulations by on March 22, 2017 4 Comments
Congress Strikes Down OSHA Recordkeeping Rule

In a victory for NAHB and the small business community, the Senate today passed legislation approved by the House earlier this month that will overturn the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) clarification to its Volks recordkeeping rule.

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House Approves NAHB-Supported Association Health Plan Bill

Filed in Capitol Hill by on March 22, 2017 10 Comments
House Approves NAHB-Supported Association Health Plan Bill

The House today approved the Small Business Health Fairness Act, association health plan legislation that would put small businesses on an equal footing with large employers and unions when it comes to negotiating lower insurance costs.

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House Bill Would Boost Effectiveness of Low Income Housing Tax Credit

Filed in Capitol Hill, Multifamily by on March 21, 2017 0 Comments
House Bill Would Boost Effectiveness of Low Income Housing Tax Credit

House Ways and Means Committee members Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio) and Richard Neal (D-Mass.) today introduced the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act, legislation that contains a number of changes to enhance the effectiveness of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC).

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Mark Your Calendar for the 2017 NAHB Legislative Conference

Filed in Capitol Hill by on March 17, 2017 0 Comments
Mark Your Calendar for the 2017 NAHB Legislative Conference

Builders looking to send a message to Congress that it needs to take action to keep housing and the economy moving forward should mark their calendar now for the most important grassroots event of the year — the 2017 NAHB Legislative Conference. The conference is on Wednesday, June 14 and is a day-long event that coincides with the NAHB Midyear Board of Directors Meeting in Washington, D.C.

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Trump Budget Proposes $6 Billion Cut to HUD

Filed in Capitol Hill by on March 16, 2017 15 Comments
Trump Budget Proposes $6 Billion Cut to HUD

President Trump unveiled his fiscal 2018 budget plan today that proposes sharp increases to defense spending along with corresponding cuts to scores of non-defense discretionary programs. Notably, the administration puts HUD’s funding at $40.7 billion, down $6.2 billion or 13.2% from the $46.9 billion in 2017.

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Building Materials Prices Rise in February

Filed in Economics by on March 15, 2017 2 Comments
Building Materials Prices Rise in February

The cost of building homes is going up.

The latest Producer Price Index release by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that prices of softwood lumber, gypsum, ready-mix concrete and OSB all rose in February. The increases were led by gypsum products, with softwood lumber a close second.

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