Current Government Affairs Issues

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

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...

Prairie Village Residents Unaware of “Unintended Consequences” of City’s Design Proposal

Posted on September 7, 2018

The City of Prairie Village is in the process of adopting new Neighborhood Design Standards for homes that would affect all incoming and current Prairie Village residents. The changes include added requirements for green spac...

Meet Congressman Yoder at Defender of Housing Award Presentation

Posted on August 20, 2018

Meet and discuss key industry issues with Congressman Kevin Yoder when the HBA presents him with NAHB’s Defender of Housing Award on Aug. 27 at 3:30 p.m. The NAHB Defender of Housing Award recognizes federal legislators who...

OSHA Releases Silica Standard FAQ for Construction

Posted on August 15, 2018

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Monday released a set of 53 frequently asked questions – and their answers – to provide guidance to employers and employees on its respirable crystalline silica standar...

Builders Say Lumber Prices Are Hurting Affordability

Posted on June 22, 2018

In a recent NAHB survey, over 40 percent of builders said construction costs in general are causing home buyers to hold back from purchasing a new home, and over 90 percent said that lumber prices specifically are hurting aff...

Shortages of Framing Lumber More Widespread than Ever

Posted on June 22, 2018

Shortages of framing lumber are now more widespread than at any time since NAHB began tracking the issue in 1994, according to results from the May 2018 survey for the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index. More than 30 pe...

Forest Service Pledges Largest Timber Harvest in 20 Years

Posted on June 6, 2018

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. NAHB has been leading the charge to...

House Passes Prison Reform Bill that Provides Vocational Training

Posted on May 24, 2018

On a 360-59 vote, the House has overwhelmingly approved NAHB-supported legislation that would provide vocational training for prisoners in an effort to reduce recidivism rates. In a letter of support for the FIRST STEP Act...

A High-Level Meeting of the Minds

Posted on May 24, 2018

If the clout of a Washington trade association is measured by its access to high-level policymakers, than the members of NAHB have much to be proud about. This week alone, during the 2018 NAHB Spring Executive Board Meetin...