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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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Banking Regulatory Relief Bill Clears Congress, Will Help Ease Tight Credit Conditions

Filed in Capitol Hill, Housing Finance by on May 22, 2018 4 Comments
Banking Regulatory Relief Bill Clears Congress, Will Help Ease Tight Credit Conditions

The House today approved bipartisan legislation approved by the Senate in March that will roll back some of the Dodd-Frank rules on banks that will eliminate some of the barriers to credit availability and support a stronger, more robust recovery of the housing and mortgage markets.

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DOL Allocates $85M to Support Youth Construction Training

Filed in Labor, Safety and Health by on May 22, 2018 1 Comment
DOL Allocates $85M to Support Youth Construction Training

The U.S. Department of Labor on May 18 announced it will allocate $85 million in grants to support and expand YouthBuild programs across the nation.

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Making a Difference for Our Injured War Heroes

Filed in NAHB Cares by on May 21, 2018 0 Comments
Making a Difference for Our Injured War Heroes

Whether it’s giving back to local communities, helping house the homeless or assisting families in need in after disaster strikes, home builders are taking selfless acts to make a difference in communities across the land.

Builders interested in focusing efforts on helping our nation’s war heroes can team up with Homes For Our Troops, a nonprofit organization that builds and donates specially adapted custom homes nationwide for severely injured post-9/11 veterans.

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Results from Lumber Tariffs Highlight Folly of Protectionism

Filed in Capitol Hill by on May 18, 2018 15 Comments
Results from Lumber Tariffs Highlight Folly of Protectionism

As the Trump administration weighs imposing steel and aluminum tariffs on U.S. allies, most mainstream economists are warning that such protectionist trade policies will result in harsh negative repercussions for the domestic economy.

But the president insists this course is needed to shore up struggling U.S. industries. So who is right?

NAHB Chairman Randy Noel — citing a real-life lumber tariff situation that has been flying under the radar for more than a year — provides the clear answer in a recent op-ed published in The Hill.

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Record-High Lumber Costs Adding More than $7,000 to the Price of a Home

Filed in Capitol Hill by on May 11, 2018 16 Comments
Record-High Lumber Costs Adding More than $7,000 to the Price of a Home

Since the beginning of last year, rising lumber prices — primarily as a result of tariffs on imported Canadian softwood lumber — have increased the price of an average single-family home by more than $7,000.

We need you to take action now by writing the White House and your member of Congress today.

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