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A Focus on Flood Insurance and Lumber

Filed in Capitol Hill by on August 4, 2017 1 Comment
A Focus on Flood Insurance and Lumber

With Congress in its August recess, members are encouraged to visit their lawmakers in their home districts and seek action on two issues – flood insurance and lumber.

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Rackleff Confirmed as HUD Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development

Filed in Uncategorized by on August 4, 2017 0 Comments

The Senate has confirmed Neal Rackleff as HUD assistant secretary for Community Planning and Development. He will administer several key HUD programs in his new position.

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Senate Bill Would Cut Legal Immigration in Half

Filed in Capitol Hill, Labor, Safety and Health by on August 3, 2017 0 Comments
Senate Bill Would Cut Legal Immigration in Half

Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.) yesterday introduced legislation endorsed by President Trump that would cut legal immigration levels in half over the next decade. The bill would reduce the annual distribution of green cards awarding permanent legal residence from 1 million just over 500,000.

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Senate Confirms Kaplan to Labor Board

On a party line 50-48 vote, the Senate yesterday confirmed Marvin Kaplan, one of President Trump’s two nominees, to the three-member National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The Senate vote was significant, as the NLRB oversees workplace disputes, unfair labor practices and union elections.

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Joint Employer Bill Would Provide Certainty to Business Community

Filed in Capitol Hill, Labor, Safety and Health by on July 27, 2017 2 Comments
Joint Employer Bill Would Provide Certainty to Business Community

NAHB today commended bipartisan legislation introduced in the House that would help small businesses and boost housing affordability by clarifying under the law what constitutes a joint employer. The standard of joint employment was vastly expanded by a 2015 decision issued by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in which it adopted a broad and ambiguous new definition.

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NAHB to Weigh in on DOL’s Information Request on Overtime

NAHB to Weigh in on DOL’s Information Request on Overtime

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued a request for information on the Obama administration’s overtime rule, and NAHB will be submitting comments independently and as part of the Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity coalition.

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Senate Panel Approves $40.24 Billion HUD Budget for Fiscal 2018

Filed in Capitol Hill by on July 25, 2017 0 Comments
Senate Panel Approves $40.24 Billion HUD Budget for Fiscal 2018

The Senate-T-HUD Appropriations Subcommittee today approved $40.24 billion in appropriations for HUD for fiscal 2018, which starts Oct. 1. This is an increase of $1.4 billion above the current level.

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NAHB and House Panel Reach Agreement on Flood Insurance Bill

Filed in Capitol Hill by on July 20, 2017 10 Comments
NAHB and House Panel Reach Agreement on Flood Insurance Bill

NAHB today reached an agreement with leaders of the House Financial Services Committee to craft a viable, long-term flood insurance reauthorization bill that will keep the National Flood Insurance Program fiscally sound and enable home builders to provide safe and affordable housing to consumers.

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Proposal Would Raise Appraisal Threshold on Commercial Real Estate Loans

Filed in Housing Finance by on July 19, 2017 0 Comments
Proposal Would Raise Appraisal Threshold on Commercial Real Estate Loans

The Federal Reserve Board, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency today issued a notice proposing to increase the threshold form requiring an appraisal on commercial real estate loans from the current level of $250,000 to $400,000.

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DHS to Add 15,000 Additional H-2B Guest Worker Visas

DHS to Add 15,000 Additional H-2B Guest Worker Visas

The Department of Homeland Security has announced that it will allow an additional 15,000 H-2B temporary worker visas to be issued during this fiscal year, which ends on Sept. 30. The H-2B program allows employers to hire temporary foreign workers for seasonal, non-agricultural positions. In past years, roughly half of the visas have gone to landscaping businesses.

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