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More than 170 Lawmakers Take a Stand for Homeownership

Filed in Capitol Hill by on June 14, 2018 2 Comments
More than 170 Lawmakers Take a Stand for Homeownership

At the behest of NAHB, 171 members of Congress this week sent a joint letter to the Trump administration calling on the U.S. to resume talks with Canada to negotiate a new softwood lumber trade agreement.

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Senate Panel Approves $1.8 Billion Budget Increase for HUD

Filed in Capitol Hill, Housing Finance, Multifamily by on June 8, 2018 0 Comments
Senate Panel Approves $1.8 Billion Budget Increase for HUD

The Senate Appropriations Committee has unanimously approved $44.5 billion for HUD in fiscal 2019, which is $900 million more than the House legislation and $1.8 billion above the fiscal 2018 enacted level. The following are fiscal 2019 funding levels approved by the Senate panel for key HUD programs: The HOME program received $1.4 billion for […]

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Remodeling Expenditure Estimates for More than 26,000 ZIP Codes

Filed in Economics, Remodelers by on June 7, 2018 0 Comments
Remodeling Expenditure Estimates for More than 26,000 ZIP Codes

Home owners who remodel in 2018 will spend an average of $7,893 on each project, according to NAHB’s recent projections of spending by ZIP code for each of over 26,000 ZIP codes across the United States. This is a 28.4% increase from the $6,148 home owners paid for an average remodeling project in 2017.

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New Democrat Coalition Calls for Building Millions More Housing Units

Filed in Capitol Hill, Codes and Regulations by on June 6, 2018 4 Comments
New Democrat Coalition Calls for Building Millions More Housing Units

The New Democrat Coalition, a group of moderate House Democrats, has released a white paper seeking to find a solution to chronic problems facing the housing industry.

The report, entitled “Missing Millions of Homes,” says its goal is clear: “We need to build millions of more housing units.”

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Forest Service Pledges Largest Timber Harvest in 20 Years

Filed in Capitol Hill by on June 6, 2018 13 Comments
Forest Service Pledges Largest Timber Harvest in 20 Years

In a victory for NAHB, Interim Forest Service Chief Victoria Christiansen told Congress yesterday that the Forest Service expects its 2018 timber harvest will be the biggest in 20 years.

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VA Changes Approval Process for Site Condos in Michigan

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Housing Finance by on May 29, 2018 0 Comments
VA Changes Approval Process for Site Condos in Michigan

In an important victory for NAHB and Michigan home builders, the Department of Veteran Affairs has announced a major change that will waive VA’s site condo approval process for single-family detached homes in the state of Michigan.

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DHS to Issue Additional 15,000 Guest Worker Visas

Filed in Labor, Safety and Health by on May 29, 2018 0 Comments
DHS to Issue Additional 15,000 Guest Worker Visas

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on May 25 that it will issue an additional 15,000 H-2B guest worker visas for fiscal 2018, which ends on Sept. 30. This will be in addition to the 66,000 already offered this year.

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House Panel Approves Fiscal 2019 HUD Budget

Filed in Capitol Hill by on May 24, 2018 0 Comments
House Panel Approves Fiscal 2019 HUD Budget

The House Appropriations Committee approved $53.1 billion for HUD in fiscal 2019, which represents a $440 million, or 0.8% increase from fiscal 2018 levels and nearly $12 billion more than the Trump administration’s fiscal 2019 request.

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A High-Level Meeting of the Minds

Filed in Capitol Hill, Leadership by on May 23, 2018 7 Comments
A High-Level Meeting of the Minds

If the clout of a Washington trade association is measured by its access to high-level policymakers, than the members of NAHB have nothing to be worried about.

The 2018 NAHB Spring Executive Board Meeting took place in Washington this week and there was plenty on the agenda.

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House Passes Prison Reform Bill that Provides Vocational Training

Filed in Capitol Hill, Labor, Safety and Health by on May 23, 2018 0 Comments
House Passes Prison Reform Bill that Provides Vocational Training

On a 360-59 vote, the House yesterday overwhelmingly approved NAHB-supported legislation that would provide vocational training for prisoners in an effort to reduce recidivism rates.

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