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Builders Storm Capitol Hill to Ensure Housing is a Main Concern

June 07, 2012

Capitol HillHousing and homeownership are top priorities for the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The NAHB wants to make sure this is a priority for Washington as well. Over 700 home builders made their way to Capitol Hill to make sure their voices were heard in regards to ensuring the housing market is a top-tier issue.

“Though we are seeing some hopeful signs of recovery in many markets throughout the nation, our industry still faces stiff headwinds,” said NAHB Chairman Barry Rutenberg.

Issues that stand in the way of a housing recovery include the tight lending standards for both home builders and homeowners, uncertainty regarding the housing finance system, threats to housing tax incentives and draconian regulations that hinder a recovery.

Builders called on lawmakers to:

  • Restore the flow of credit for new housing production. NAHB is urging the House Financial Services Committee to consider H.R. 1755, the Home Construction Lending Regulatory Improvement Act.
  • Pass comprehensive legislation to reform housing government sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Home Loan Banks that provides a federal backstop to ensure a reliable and adequate flow of affordable housing credit in all economic and financial conditions.
  • Preserve current housing tax incentives, including the mortgage interest deduction and Low Income Housing Tax Credit, as the debate on tax reform moves ahead.
  • Support legislation to make much-needed improvements to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Lead: Repair, Renovation and Painting  rule.
  • Cosponsor House and Senate bills that would reduce the overreach of federal power under the Clean Water Act.

“In this pivotal election year, it is imperative to ensure that presidential and congressional candidates on both sides of the political aisle understand the importance of housing and home ownership,” said Rutenberg. “Today, builders from across the land reiterated this message to their legislators and reminded them that there can be no economic recovery without a housing recovery.”

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