Current Government Affairs Issues

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

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...

Record-High Lumber Costs Adding More than $7,000 to the Price of a Home

Posted on May 11, 2018

Since the beginning of last year, rising lumber prices – primarily as a result of tariffs on imported Canadian softwood lumber – have increased the price of an average single-family home by more than $7,000. NAHB is as...

Safe, Affordable Homes Win at Code Hearings

Posted on April 27, 2018

[caption id="attachment_5510" align="alignright" width="300"] 3d image of bowling ball and skittle[/caption] Nine days of hearings on proposed amendments to many of the International Code Council’s (ICC) building codes g...

NAHB Holds Productive Meeting with Treasury Secretary

Posted on April 26, 2018

The U.S.-Canada softwood lumber trade dispute, housing finance reform and tax-related housing issues were on the agenda when NAHB Senior Officers met with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin in Washington, D.C. yesterday. ...

New Tax Law May Increase Developers’ Sewer and Water Costs

Posted on April 18, 2018

Even after a significant reduction in their corporate tax rate, some utility companies are interpreting a little-known tax change in a way that is forcing developers to pay substantially more for contributions in aid of c...

Join Us for Mix & Mingle in the Kitchen

Posted on March 5, 2018

The spring Build-PAC fundraiser will include cocktails, delicious hors d’oeuvres and a surprise interactive element. Spouses and new PAC donors are welcome and encouraged to attend. When: April 3, 2018 Time: 6:00 p.m. to ...

HBA Backs Bill to Support Homeowners Rights to Smooth Buying Process

Posted on February 19, 2018

When building their dream homes, families cannot afford significant delays or constant changes that hinder the construction process. Yet homeowners and home builders continually experience time-consuming and costly inconsiste...

FHFA Establishes Affordable Housing Goals for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac

Posted on February 9, 2018

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has published a final rule establishing single-family and multifamily housing goals for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for 2018 through 2020. The final rule sets identical benchmar...