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Lawmakers Agree on Spending Package Through Sept. 30

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Lawmakers Agree on Spending Package Through Sept. 30

Congress has agreed to a massive spending bill to fund the federal government through Sept. 30, the end of fiscal year 2017.

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Congress Approves 1-Week Extension to Fund the Government

Filed in Capitol Hill by on April 28, 2017 1 Comment
Congress Approves 1-Week Extension to Fund the Government

With a midnight deadline approaching before a federal government shutdown, Congress today approved a continuing resolution to keep the government open for one more week until May 5.

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NAHB Commends Senate Regulatory Relief Bill

Filed in Capitol Hill by on April 27, 2017 1 Comment
NAHB Commends Senate Regulatory Relief Bill

Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) on April 26 introduced NAHB-supported legislation that would reform the federal regulatory process and cut red tape so federal programs operate as intended. A companion bill passed the House in January.

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NAHB Responds to White House Tax Reform Proposal

Filed in Capitol Hill, Codes and Regulations, Multifamily by on April 26, 2017 5 Comments
NAHB Responds to White House Tax Reform Proposal

NAHB commended President Trump for tackling tax reform and keeping the mortgage interest deduction as one of two individual deductions, but reminded the White House that reform measures must protect the Low Income Housing Tax Credit as well.

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CNBC’s Jim Cramer on Tax Reform: Home Builders are Powerful

Filed in Capitol Hill, Codes and Regulations, Economics by on April 26, 2017 0 Comments

The tax reform conversation kicked off with a bang this morning as President Trump prepares to unveil proposals that could have a significant effect on the way that American families and businesses file their taxes.

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Congress Must Act this Week to Avoid a Government Shutdown

Filed in Capitol Hill by on April 24, 2017 0 Comments
Congress Must Act this Week to Avoid a Government Shutdown

The federal government will shut down at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 28 unless Democrats and Republicans work together to enact a continuing resolution that will keep the government open. At this time it is unclear whether lawmakers will seek a stopgap funding bill for a week or two until a long-term solution can be reached or enact a spending bill that will fund the government through Sept. 30 – the end of fiscal 2017 – at roughly the 2016 spending level.

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Attention Regulators: Listen to Small Businesses

Filed in Capitol Hill, Codes and Regulations by on March 29, 2017 9 Comments
Attention Regulators: Listen to Small Businesses

NAHB today called on Congress to work with federal regulators to fix the regulatory rulemaking process by ensuring that effects on small businesses are a primary focus for existing and future regulations.

Testifying before the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, NAHB First Vice Chairman Randy Noel told lawmakers that builders must navigate an ever-increasing tangle of regulations.

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Skyrocketing Lumber Prices Put Builders in a Bind

Filed in Business Management, Capitol Hill, Economics by on March 27, 2017 2 Comments
Skyrocketing Lumber Prices Put Builders in a Bind

Home builders are increasingly concerned with the now-expired Softwood Lumber Agreement. The uncertainty surrounding a new trade agreement is impacting businesses on both sides of the border, as it was the primary culprit behind the surging lumber prices so far this year.

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NAHB Chief Lobbyist Participates in Housing Finance Reform Roundtable

Filed in Capitol Hill by on March 24, 2017 1 Comment

NAHB Chief Lobbyist Jim Tobin was among a few industry leaders who participated in a housing finance roundtable today organized by Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio).

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Energy Star Cuts Among Trump’s Proposals

President Trump has released a proposed budget that includes cuts to a number of programs run by the Environmental Protection Agency – including the popular Energy Star certification program for new and remodeled homes and many home appliances.

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