Current Government Affairs Issues

Stay current with the most recent and pressing issues affecting our industry.

Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Help Ease Labor Shortages

Posted on March 15, 2019

Reps. Lloyd Smucker (R-Pa.) and Francis Rooney (R-Fla.) have introduced the Workforce for an Expanding Economy Act, legislation that would help alleviate the worker shortage in the construction industry by establishing a ...

NAHB Highlights KCHBA in Article “BUILD-PAC Fundraisers Get Creative”

Posted on March 4, 2019

In a recent article about creative fundraising, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) highlighted KCHBA's cake decorating Build-PAC fundraiser at the Kansas City Culinary Center last spring. "Of the more than 10...

KCHBA Members Provide Comments During Public Hearing on WOTUS Rule

Posted on February 28, 2019

The Trump administration’s latest proposal to revise the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) definition has been well received by many throughout the industry. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps o...

KC Falling Behind in Homes Priced $225,000 to $275,000

Posted on February 5, 2019

With a shortage of homes available and those homes commanding higher prices, many prospective buyers are being priced out of the market. In fact, as of Q2 2018, 77 percent of prospective buyers nationwide could afford fewer t...

NAHB Hosting Lumber Webinar, Nov. 14

Posted on November 12, 2018

The recent import tariffs on lumber from Canada have generated higher interest among many builders in importing lumber from other countries that may or may not have properly graded the imported wood for structural use. Gradin...

Free Webinar Explores Enforcement of OSHA Silica Rule

Posted on November 1, 2018

NAHB is hosting a free webinar on Thursday, Nov. 8, Lessons Learned: OSHA Silica Rule 1 Year After Implementation, that will look at how the agency has been enforcing its new Respirable Crystalline Silica in Constructi...

HBA Recognizes Rep. Hartzler as a Defender of Housing

Posted on October 22, 2018

The HBA recently presented Rep. Vicky Hartzler with the Defender of Housing Award, which recognizes courageous federal legislators who have demonstrated strong support for housing and NAHB positions on key issues facing the i...

HBA Presents Defender of Housing Award to Rep. Yoder

Posted on October 16, 2018

HBA board members thanked Congressman Kevin Yoder for his support of the home-building industry at the October board meeting by presenting him with the NAHB's Defender of Housing award. Afterward, Yoder toured a New Mark Home...

Ashlar Homes Talks About Affects of Tariffs on Home Building

Posted on October 4, 2018

“My light-fixture supplier approached me and said somewhere between 15 to 20 percent is what they are looking at price-increase-wise and for us," President of Ashlar Homes Shawn Woods said. "That’s about $500 a house just...