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Weekly Update: June 8, 2017

NAHB Legislative Conference Next Week
We will have at least 21 Iowans represented at the NAHB Midyear and Legislative Conference meetings next week in Washington D.C.  On June 14, we’ll ask federal policymakers to move forward on several key issues, including reducing regulations that harm small business, reforming the nation’s housing finance system, protecting tax incentives, promoting sensible energy codes and more.  Here is our schedule for June 14 – 100% connectivity with our legislators!

Congressman Young – 10:30 a.m.
Congressman King – Noon
Congressman Blum – 1:00 p.m.
Senator Ernst 2:00 p.m.
Senator Grassley – 3:30 p.m.
Congressman Loebsack – 5:00 p.m.

NAHB has developed videos and a brochure detailing these issues and they are of vital interest for home builders and the housing industry. Thank you for all of your efforts to make sure the home building industry – a key driver of the nation’s economy – thrives.
Watch the videos
Read the brochure
For more information about NAHB’s 2017 Legislative Conference, visit nahb.org/legcon.
The Aging Workforce Does not Help our Labor Scarcity
A scarcity of labor remains an important headwind for home builders and the entire construction industry. NAHB analysis of the most recent 2015 American Community Survey (ACS) data reveals that the median age of construction workers is 41, …
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Weekly Update: June 1, 2017

Executive Order Expanding Floodplain Still in Play
Congressmen Blum, King, Loebsack & Young Contacted
In February 2015, President Obama signed an executive order (13690) that would arbitrarily expand the definition of “floodplain” well beyond the long-accepted 100-year floodplain.  As part of the Climate Action Plan, each agency was directed to create their own definition to account for future flood risk, using one of three options: 500-year floodplain, freeboard approach or using climate-informed science (see attached one-pager for more information).
This grossly expands the historical definition of a floodplain that is accepted by the government, industry and communities across the country and is based on risk and scientific assessment. We are concerned about the future of new housing developments, the redevelopment of existing and construction will occur.
One of the big problems with this E.O. is that FEMA periodically maps the entire country based on the 100-year floodplain and these new definitions would not include any new mapping.  It is unclear how builders will know what developments are in or out of these new floodplains.  Even more confusion will arise if each agency creates their own unique, possibly conflicting definitions.
Sen. Cochran and Rep. Abraham have authored a letter to OMB Director Mick Mulvaney and National …
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