More than 500 home builders visited Capitol Hill
this week to drive home the message that housing is the key to our nation's economic future.
Our 2009 March Executive Board and Legislative Conference week was truly productive, with a strong contingent of NAHB members participating in Hill visits that included hundreds of meetings with individual legislators and their staffs. The Legislative Conference was particularly well-timed as Congress gets down to the job of repairing the nation's struggling banking and housing finance sectors. A number of great resources were created to help NAHB members lobby our key issues on Capitol Hill, including the following (note: you need to be logged into NAHB's Web site with your username and password to view these members-only resources):
2009 Legislative Conference Booklet and General Talking Points
Housing’s Critical Role in the Economy background information
Addressing the AD&C Crisis background and recommendations
Preserving the Mortgage Interest Deduction background and recommendations
Housing Finance System Reform background and recommendations
Reinstating the Down Payment Assistance Program background/recommendations
Green Building/Promotion of the National Green Building Standard background/recs
Card Check background and recommendations
AD&C Lending Crisis Video Briefing
Protecting Housing Tax Incentives Video Briefing
Also during the week, NAHB's Executive Board considered and approved on an "emergency basis" one new Resolution dealing with energy efficiency targets for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, which is a topic that is currently being debated in Congress. The Executive Board also hosted a panel discussion in which several industry experts discussed the potential direction and outcome of ongoing financial regulation reform efforts. For more information on the approved resolution, contact Jay Shackford, x8406. For more on the panel discussion, contact Dave Ledford, x8265.