NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald had an important message for President Trump on Tuesday, and Trump had an equally important and positive message for home builders.
Last week, NAHB urged the White House to exclude the recently reissued Clean Water Act nationwide wetland permits from a regulatory “freeze” — and the White House paid attention.
White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus issued a memo directing federal agencies to withdraw or postpone – by a minimum of 60 days — recently finalized regulations on Jan. 20. NAHB wants to ensure this action doesn’t make it harder for builders to get a wetlands permit.
Sens. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) today introduced a resolution to withdraw the Waters of the United States rule, which contains new and expanded definitions that NAHB has long held as the poster child of federal intrusion into states’ rights and an example of federal overreach on land-use decisions.
NAHB and its industry partners today presented their first brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit that challenges the Waters of the U.S. rule. “The Sixth Circuit issued a nationwide stay of the Waters of the U.S. rule because it is deeply flawed, arbitrarily written, and provides no clarity or certainty to members of the regulated community,” said NAHB Chairman Ed Brady in a press statement.
A new report released today by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on the waters of the U.S. rulemaking process reaffirms what NAHB has been saying for years: The rule is motivated by political considerations, it is not based on sound science and it bypassed the necessary public outreach required under the Administrative Procedures Act.
NAHB and Republican members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works today called on 11 senators “to protect farmers, ranchers, water utilities, local governments, and contractors” and put a stop to the regulatory overreach seen in the Waters of the U.S. rule.
While a new definition for “waters of the United States” is still on hold, it’s the elephant in the room for home builders and developers, NAHB told the Army Corps of Engineers in response to its proposal to reissue Clean Water Act Section 404 nationwide permits.