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NAHB Commends House Passage of Farm Bill

Filed in Capitol Hill by on June 21, 2018 0 Comments
NAHB Commends House Passage of Farm Bill

NAHB today commended the House of Representatives for passing the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (HR 2), also known as the farm bill.

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Robots: An Answer to Labor Shortages, High Lumber Prices?

Filed in Technology by on June 13, 2018 0 Comments
Robots: An Answer to Labor Shortages, High Lumber Prices?

Home construction has long been on the vanguard of industrial innovation. With the current economic climate dictating a rapid shift in business fundamentals of labor and materials, expect to see big changes in the industry in the near future.

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Forest Service Pledges Largest Timber Harvest in 20 Years

Filed in Capitol Hill by on June 6, 2018 13 Comments
Forest Service Pledges Largest Timber Harvest in 20 Years

In a victory for NAHB, Interim Forest Service Chief Victoria Christiansen told Congress yesterday that the Forest Service expects its 2018 timber harvest will be the biggest in 20 years.

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On Lumber, Trump is Listening

Filed in Home Building, Multifamily, Trade by on June 1, 2018 4 Comments
On Lumber, Trump is Listening

In an early morning tweet on Friday, President Trump laid out the issues, calling on Canada to “open their markets and take down their trade barriers” and referencing timber and lumber trade imbalances as a factor in sky-high costs.

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U.S. Trade Rep Shows No Sense of Urgency on Lumber Trade Dispute

Filed in Capitol Hill by on March 23, 2018 7 Comments
U.S. Trade Rep Shows No Sense of Urgency on Lumber Trade Dispute

During a March 21 hearing before the House Committee on Ways and Means on the U.S. trade policy agenda, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said there is little chance that the softwood lumber trade dispute with Canada will be resolved anytime soon.

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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 6 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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Lumber Exports and Imports are on the Rise

Filed in Construction Industry by on February 21, 2018 3 Comments
Lumber Exports and Imports are on the Rise

As punitive duties averaging more than 20% were imposed on Canadian softwood lumber imports in 2017, domestic producers responded by shipping record amounts of timber overseas, raising prices for builders and exacerbating housing affordability issues.

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Lumber Tariffs ‘Could Not Have Come at a Worse Time’

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Construction Industry by on November 2, 2017 10 Comments
Lumber Tariffs ‘Could Not Have Come at a Worse Time’

The Commerce Department’s decision to impose new duties “is nothing more than a thinly-disguised tax on American home buyers, home builders and consumers,” said NAHB chairman Granger MacDonald.

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Will Lumber Prices Surge in Hurricanes’ Wake?

Will Lumber Prices Surge in Hurricanes’ Wake?

It’s too early to tell exactly how much of an impact hurricanes Harvey and Irma will have on the prices for lumber and other building materials, especially as other factors such as wildfires and duties are still uncertain. But history suggests there will at least be a noticeable impact in the storm-affected regions.

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