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NAHB Officers Hold Productive Talks with HUD Secretary Carson

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Housing Finance by on June 14, 2017 2 Comments
NAHB Officers Hold Productive Talks with HUD Secretary Carson

In a broad agenda focusing on regulatory reform and housing affordability, NAHB senior officers today held productive talks with HUD Secretary Ben Carson.

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Treasury Issues Sweeping Report on Regulatory Reform

Filed in Codes and Regulations by on June 13, 2017 0 Comments
Treasury Issues Sweeping Report on Regulatory Reform

In response to President Trump’s executive order calling for the examination of the U.S. financial regulatory system, the Treasury Department today issued its first in a series of reports focusing on financial regulatory reform designed to provide much-needed relief to small businesses, community banks and other financial institutions.

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Labor Department Overturns Obama-era Joint Employer, Misclassification Guidance

Labor Department Overturns Obama-era Joint Employer, Misclassification Guidance

In a victory for NAHB members and the small business community, U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta on June 7 announced the withdrawal of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) 2015 and 2016 informal guidance on independent contractors and joint employment — two Obama-era guidance documents that expanded the tests for what constitutes a joint employer and an independent contractor, respectively.

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Vice President Pence to Speak at Legislative Conference

Filed in Capitol Hill by on June 8, 2017 7 Comments
Vice President Pence to Speak at Legislative Conference

Vice President Mike Pence will be the keynote speaker at our Legislative Conference briefing on Wednesday, June 14 during the NAHB Midyear Board of Directors Meeting. The briefing will provide an insider’s view of how the Trump administration is now shaking up the status quo in Washington.

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Be Sure to Attend the NAHB Legislative Conference June 14

Filed in Capitol Hill by on June 2, 2017 0 Comments
Be Sure to Attend the NAHB Legislative Conference June 14

Builders looking to send a message to Congress that it needs to take action to keep housing and the economy on the right track 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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DOL Proposes to Withdraw ‘Persuader Rule’

DOL Proposes to Withdraw ‘Persuader Rule’

The Department of Labor today began the process of formally rescinding the Obama administration’s final “persuader” rule. The proposal to withdraw the rule is expected to be published in the Federal Register in the coming weeks, where it will be open to public comment.

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Trump Proposes $6.2 Billion Budget Cut to HUD

Filed in Capitol Hill by on May 23, 2017 0 Comments
Trump Proposes $6.2 Billion Budget Cut to HUD

President Trump today proposed a $4.09 trillion budget request for fiscal 2018, which begins on Oct. 1. The plan would slash HUD funding by $6.2 billion, or 13%, to $40.7 billion, and includes billions of dollars of cuts to other Cabinet agencies to help offset a proposed $54 billion increase in defense spending.

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Non-Canadian Softwood Lumber Imports Hit a 10-Year High

Filed in Home Building by on May 22, 2017 1 Comment
Non-Canadian Softwood Lumber Imports Hit a 10-Year High

In a positive development for home builders, lumber consumers and housing affordability, U.S. softwood lumber imports (excluding shipments from Canada) hit a decade high in the first quarter.

European suppliers – including Australia, Germany, Sweden, Finland, the Czech Republic, Russia, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia and Romania – accounted for nearly all the increase.

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Administration to Propose Deep Cuts to HUD Programs

Filed in Capitol Hill by on May 19, 2017 2 Comments

A budget draft obtained by POLITICO confirms a March 16 report in NAHBNow that the Trump administration plans deep spending cuts to HUD programs as part of its fiscal 2018 budget.

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Treasury Secretary Testifies Before Senate Banking Committee

Filed in Capitol Hill, Housing Finance by on May 19, 2017 0 Comments
Treasury Secretary Testifies Before Senate Banking Committee

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin testified on May 18 before the Senate Banking Committee and discussed a broad range of topics of interest to the home building community. View the key issues from the two-hour Q&A session before the Senate panel.

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