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Weekly Update: June 15, 2017

Iowa D.C. Legislative Visits a Tremendous Success
Despite the shootings yesterday, we had an awesome day with all of our Iowa senators and representatives.  We were part of 800 builders and remodelers from across the nation for the annual NAHB Legislative Conference in Washington D.C.
We had a really full of meetings with elected officials and their staff, to call on Congress to make housing and homeownership a national priority and to support policies that will keep the housing recovery moving forward.
“Today, builders from coast-to-coast are sending a loud and clear message to members of Congress that a strong housing market is critical to spur job growth and create a vibrant, dynamic economy,” said NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald.  Among the topics that were covered:

Regulatory reform
Labor shortage
A predictable, affordable national flood insurance program
Housing finance
Tax reform, including protecting incentives for homeownership
Promoting cost-effective energy codes
Securing a supply of softwood lumber
Improving the Low-Income Housing Tax credit to help meet the nation’s acute need for affordable rental homes.

The day began with a briefing where V.P. Pence was slated to speak, but at the last minute cancelled out because of the shootings.  Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.), who sits on the House Ways and Means Committee, spoke to builders …
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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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