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Commerce Secretary Working to Ensure Adequate Lumber Supply for Builders

Filed in Capitol Hill, Construction Industry, Economics by on March 15, 2018 4 Comments
Commerce Secretary Working to Ensure Adequate Lumber Supply for Builders

NAHB CEO Jerry Howard recently met with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and urged him to work with his Canadian counterparts to craft an equitable long-term solution to the trade dispute.

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Builders Tell Congress: Progress on Regulatory Reform, but Job is not Done

Filed in Capitol Hill, Codes and Regulations by on March 7, 2018 1 Comment
Builders Tell Congress: Progress on Regulatory Reform, but Job is not Done

NAHB today lauded efforts by the Trump administration and Congress to roll back onerous regulations that hurt home building firms and other small businesses but cautioned that much more needs to be done to further reduce regulatory burdens.

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NAHB Urges Prompt Senate Action on Banking Bill

Filed in Capitol Hill by on March 5, 2018 1 Comment
NAHB Urges Prompt Senate Action on Banking Bill

NAHB is urging the Senate to move quickly to pass the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act (S. 2155), banking reform legislation now pending in the upper chamber.

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U.S. to Impose Stiff Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum

Filed in Capitol Hill by on March 1, 2018 2 Comments
U.S. to Impose Stiff Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum

President Trump today said he would impose tariffs of 25% on steel imports and 10% on aluminum imports. Speaking to steel and aluminum executives at the White House, Trump said the tariffs will go into effect next week and last for “a long period of time.” These tariffs will translate into higher costs for consumers and U.S. businesses that use these products, including home builders.

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Home Builders Seek Better Cooperation with OSHA to Improve Worker Safety

Filed in Capitol Hill, Labor, Safety and Health by on February 27, 2018 3 Comments
Home Builders Seek Better Cooperation with OSHA to Improve Worker Safety

NAHB today called on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to expand its small business compliance assistance to help home builders and other small business owners to improve the safety of their operations.

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Budget Accord May Affect Rebuilding Efforts

Filed in Capitol Hill, Codes and Regulations by on February 15, 2018 0 Comments
Budget Accord May Affect Rebuilding Efforts

The two-year budget accord signed by President Trump earlier this month contains provisions from a House of Representatives disaster relief bill (H.R. 4460, the Disaster Recovery Reform Act) designed for states hit hard by hurricanes and wildfires in 2017. However, the details on how these provisions will work are still in flux.

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Trump’s Fiscal 2019 Budget Seeks 14% Cut to HUD

Filed in Capitol Hill, Labor, Safety and Health by on February 12, 2018 2 Comments
Trump’s Fiscal 2019 Budget Seeks 14% Cut to HUD

President Trump’s proposed fiscal 2019 budget, which runs from Oct. 1, 2018 through Sept. 30 2019, would cut the HUD budget 18.3%, or $8.8 billion, to $39.2 billion.

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Energy and Home Owner Tax Credits Included in Budget Accord

Filed in Capitol Hill by on February 9, 2018 2 Comments
Energy and Home Owner Tax Credits Included in Budget Accord

As part of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, which was signed into law on February 9, Congress retroactively extended a number of expired energy and home owner tax provisions. The tax credits were reinstated on a retroactive basis for 2017 only.

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After Brief Government Shutdown, Congress Approves 2-Year Budget Framework

Filed in Capitol Hill by on February 9, 2018 0 Comments
After Brief Government Shutdown, Congress Approves 2-Year Budget Framework

Congress early this morning approved a two-year budget framework to keep the government running following a brief shutdown that began at midnight and lasted less than six hours. The accord includes massive increases to defense and discretionary spending, as well as key housing provisions.

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Trump: ‘America is a Nation of Builders’

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Trump: ‘America is a Nation of Builders’

President Trump declared that “America is a nation of builders” in his State of the Union address last night and the nation’s home builders wholeheartedly agree.

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