Current Government Affairs News

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

EPA Seeks to Revise Definition of Waters of the U.S.

Posted on June 17, 2021

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of the Army (the agencies) have announced their intent to revise the definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS). EPA Administrator Michael Regan say...

Learn How to Navigate Lumber, Supply Chain Challenges with New NAHB Webinar Series

Posted on June 7, 2021

NAHB is hosting a webinar series this month to help members and other industry professionals understand the current challenges with escalating lumber prices and supply chain issues, and learn how to develop strategies to adap...

How Lumber Prices Are Hammering Housing Affordability for Home Owners

Posted on June 7, 2021

Skyrocketing lumber prices and supply-chain challenges continue to slow home construction, even amid higher demand. Both new home sales and existing home sales have cooled as prospective buyers are priced out of the m...

KCHBA Is Working for You to Resolve the Lumber Issue

Posted on May 17, 2021

For the past several months, KCHBA has actively engaged U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and his staff on this urgent issue. Recently, Senator Moran shared his concerns with United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai duri...

Tommy Bickimer Interviewed about Lumber Prices on Fox4

Posted on May 17, 2021

Last week, KCHBA's Vice President Tommy Bickimer of Bickimer Homes talked to Fox4 about how the rising cost of lumber is affecting home prices and potential homeowners. “During the Great Recession there were no buyers. N...

Commerce Secretary Pledges to Make Lumber a Priority

Posted on May 10, 2021

NAHB’s grassroots efforts urging the Biden administration and Congress to address the growing problem of rising lumber and material prices along with supply shortages is showing results. Responding to a request by Rep. R...

NAHB Undercuts Lumber Coalition Arguments

Posted on May 10, 2021

NAHB responded to a recent article by the U.S. Lumber Coalition appearing in Woodworking Network that attacked the association’s stance on lumber prices and import duties. In a forceful response, NAHB sets the record straig...

“Building a Workforce” Area Council

Posted on May 4, 2021

Learn about KCHBA’s effort to promote careers in the skilled trades over the last year, help us recognize our scholarship recipients and hear the inspiring story of KCHBA member David Elliott, Construction & ...

Margaritaville – Local PAC Event

Posted on May 3, 2021

Did you know that the KCHBA has a local Political Action Committee (HBA-PAC)? The HBA’s Political Action Committee, HBA-PAC, enables members to strengthen their civic involvement by helping to elect pro-housing candidates a...

KCHBA’s Grassroots Efforts on Lumber Prices Recognized by NAHB

Posted on April 30, 2021

NAHB recently recognized KCHBA on its NAHB Now blog for our association's efforts to bring awareness to the lumber crisis. “NAHB grassroots also is actively engaged in this effort," the blog states. "Members of the H...