Current Government Affairs Issues

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NAHB Endorses Missouri Lawmakers for Congress

Posted on October 18, 2016

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has announced its endorsement of Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II for re-election to Congress as well as six Republican lawmakers from Missouri for re-election to the U.S. House of Rep...

OSHA Seeks Feedback on Revisions to Recordkeeping & Construction Standards

Posted on October 18, 2016

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently proposed revisions to its existing record-keeping and construction standards as part of the agency’s Standards Improvement Project (SIP). The goal of the ...

A Closer Look at the FOMC September Meeting – How Low Can It Go?

Posted on October 13, 2016

Three dissents, all preferring an increase in the federal funds rate at the September meeting, focused on the same core argument: the current level of the unemployment rate signals a tight labor market that will persist for s...

Talks Continue on Energy Code Legislation

Posted on October 7, 2016

NAHB continues to hammer home the important message of cost-effectiveness as House Energy and Commerce Committee and Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee conferees meet to finalize legislation intended to make buildi...

ESA Changes to National Flood Insurance Program Harm Housing Affordability

Posted on October 4, 2016

Late last month, NAHB urged Congress to oppose the inappropriate use of the Endangered Species Act to change the focus of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) away from its mandate of protecting lives and property due ...

White House Releases Housing Development Toolkit

Posted on October 4, 2016

The White House has released a Housing Development Toolkit that highlights regulatory barriers to housing development and outlines tools and strategies that local governments can use to diminish the impact these barriers have...

House Votes to Delay Overtime Rule; More Comprehensive Relief Needed

Posted on October 4, 2016

The U.S. House of Representatives on Sept. 28 voted to delay the Department of Labor’s (DOL) controversial overtime rule by six months. The Regulatory Relief for Small Businesses, Schools and Nonprofits Act (H.R. 6094) woul...

New Voting Guides Point to Better Building Code Decisions

Posted on October 4, 2016

There are nearly 2,000 proposed changes to the International Code Council (ICC) family of construction codes being considered for the 2018 editions when the ICC meets to vote Oct. 19-25 in Kansas City, Mo. Some proposals i...

15 Reasons to Talk about Building Codes

Posted on September 22, 2016

Fire sprinklers. Building tightness tradeoffs. More stringent requirements to protect against natural disasters: There are thousands of IRC and energy code change proposals that officials will consider next month as the I...

NAHB, Business Groups Sue to Block Overtime Rule

Posted on September 22, 2016

NAHB and a coalition of more than 55 Texas and national business groups have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) seeking to halt its federal overtime rule set to take effect Dec. 1. Earlier this year...