Current Government Affairs Issues

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

NAHB Legislative Conference Returns June 14

Posted on January 6, 2017

Put June 14 in your “Dates Not to be Missed” file: That’s the day that NAHB members visit their congressional delegations on Capitol Hill to discuss and advocate for issues of vital interest to the home building ind...

OSHA Finalizes New Walking-Working Surfaces Rule

Posted on December 9, 2016

The U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule that updates its 44-year- old general industry Walking-Working Surfaces standard, created to better protect workers from slip, trip and f...

More Voters Leads to Better Codes

Posted on December 9, 2016

Fire sprinkler mandates will stay in the International Residential Code, but builders and developers will see other construction cost savings after more than 162,000 votes were cast for 577 proposals on the ballot for the Int...

NAHB Commends Trump EPA Nominee

Posted on December 8, 2016

NAHB Chairman Ed Brady issued the following statement on President-elect Trump’s nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as the next administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): “NAHB commen...

Marker Released for Flood Insurance Reauthorization in 2017

Posted on December 8, 2016

Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.), chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance, on Dec. 6 released a set of principles regarding reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program (NF...

Federal Judge Blocks Overtime Rule

Posted on November 28, 2016

In a victory for NAHB, a federal judge in Texas on Nov. 22 granted a preliminary injunction to delay implementation of the Department of Labor’s new overtime rule. The rule, which was scheduled to take effect Dec. 1, would ...

Missouri Election Wrap Up

Posted on November 22, 2016

Missouri Republicans swept all major down ballot races in the General Election, meaning they will control both the executive and legislative branches of the state government.  Within the legislature, they will hold strong su...

Kansas Election Wrap Up

Posted on November 22, 2016

Earlier this year, Kansas observed a record number of incumbent legislators ousted by moderate candidates in the primary election.  Most of those moderate Republicans and a handful of new Democrats were then officially voted...

Businesses be Ready: Overtime Rule Kicks in Dec. 1

Posted on November 16, 2016

Small home building firms and other businesses need to be prepared as the Department of Labor’s final rule to double the overtime salary limit from $23,660 to $47,476 will take effect on Dec. 1. It is uncertain what the ...

HUD Proposes Expanded Floodplain Rules for FHA-Financed Loans

Posted on November 4, 2016

HUD has proposed new floodplain development rules that threaten access to FHA financing for single- and multifamily builders and rely on floodplain maps that haven’t been drawn yet. For nearly 40 years, federal floodplai...