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Seattle Times Highlights NAHB’s Opposition to Lumber Tariffs

Filed in Advocacy, Housing Affordability, Material Costs by on January 14, 2022 2 Comments
Seattle Times Highlights NAHB’s Opposition to Lumber Tariffs

The Seattle Times has published an editorial by NAHB Chairman Chuck Fowke that lays out a strong case against tariffs on Canadian lumber shipments into the United States that are fueling lumber price volatility and harming housing affordability.

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Supreme Court Blocks OSHA Vaccine Mandate for Large Employers

Filed in Advocacy, Disaster Response, Legal by on January 13, 2022 1 Comment
Supreme Court Blocks OSHA Vaccine Mandate for Large Employers

The U.S. Supreme Court today voted 6-3 to block the Biden administration from enforcing a COVID-19 vaccine or testing mandate for employers with at least 100 workers.

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NAHB Actively Engaged in WOTUS Rulemaking, Calls for More Transparency

Filed in Advocacy, Environment by on January 13, 2022 0 Comments
NAHB Actively Engaged in WOTUS Rulemaking, Calls for More Transparency

The Biden administration’s process for withdrawing the Trump administration’s “waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) definition under the Clean Water Act and replace it with a another WOTUS definition has broad ramifications affecting land developers, home builders and countless other small businesses.

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Jan. 19 PPP Webinar Looks at Loan Reimbursement for NAHB Members

Filed in Advocacy, Education, Legal by on January 12, 2022 0 Comments
Jan. 19 PPP Webinar Looks at Loan Reimbursement for NAHB Members

Any small business owner who took out a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) small business loan will want to sign up for a free webinar on Wednesday, Jan. 19, at 1 p.m. ET that examines PPP loan reimbursement and the measures taken to specifically help NAHB members.

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IRS Extends COVID-19 Relief Following NAHB Request

Filed in Advocacy, Multifamily, Tax Reform by on January 11, 2022 0 Comments
IRS Extends COVID-19 Relief Following NAHB Request

Last summer, NAHB and other groups requested the IRS extend some of the COVID-19 relief granted one year ago. Today, the agency released Notice 2022-05, which grants the extensions we specifically requested, along with other additional relief because of ongoing issues involving COVID-19.

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FHFA to Impose Hefty Upfront Fees on Second Home Purchases

Filed in Advocacy, Housing Finance by on January 5, 2022 4 Comments
FHFA to Impose Hefty Upfront Fees on Second Home Purchases

In a move strongly opposed by NAHB, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) today announced increases for upfront fees that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will charge for second home mortgage loans and certain high balance mortgage loans that exceed the standard conforming loan. These fees will significantly increase the purchase cost of a second home and some homes in high cost areas.

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Latest Wave of Rising Lumber Prices Adds More than $18,600 to the Price of a New Home

Filed in Advocacy, Housing Affordability, Material Costs by on January 4, 2022 56 Comments
Latest Wave of Rising Lumber Prices Adds More than $18,600 to the Price of a New Home

Following a few months of moderating prices last spring and summer, lumber prices are soaring once again, disrupting the housing market and harming housing affordability.

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NAHB Mourns the Passing of Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

Filed in Uncategorized by on December 29, 2021 1 Comment
NAHB Mourns the Passing of Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

NAHB is mourning the passing of former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada’s longest-serving senator, who died yesterday after battling pancreatic cancer. He was 82.

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Working in Tandem with NAHB, Lawmakers Send a Strong Message to Commerce Secretary on Lumber Duties

Filed in Advocacy, Environment, Material Costs by on December 22, 2021 8 Comments
Working in Tandem with NAHB, Lawmakers Send a Strong Message to Commerce Secretary on Lumber Duties

At the behest of NAHB, 84 members of Congress this week sent a joint letter to Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo expressing urgent concern regarding the Commerce Department’s recent decision to double tariffs on softwood lumber products from Canada and calling on the United States to resume talks with Canada to negotiate a new softwood lumber trade agreement.

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DHS to Provide 20,000 Additional H-2B Visas for U.S. Employers

Filed in Advocacy, Labor, Workforce Development by on December 21, 2021 0 Comments
DHS to Provide 20,000 Additional H-2B Visas for U.S. Employers

The Department of Homeland Security has announced the forthcoming publication of a joint temporary final rule making available an additional 20,000 H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas for fiscal year 2022.  These additional visas will be set aside for U.S. employers seeking to employ additional workers on or before March 31, 2022.

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