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NAHB Chairman's Letter

NAHB Supports Housing Finance Reform Legislation

June is National Homeownership Month—a time when we mark homeownership’s importance in the fabric of American life, note the many benefits that it provides for our communities, and acknowledge its importance to a healthy, vibrant economy. If people choose homeownership, then long-term fixed rate financing must be available to creditworthy borrowers at affordable rates.

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NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF HOME BUILDERS

Builders Oppose EPA Clean Water Proposal

Per a National Association of Home Builders press statement, "A proposed rule by the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) redefining the scope of waters protected under the Clean Water Act would harm home building firms and evades the intent and the letter of the law to make the regulatory process less costly and more efficient for small businesses, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) told Congress today."

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REALTYTRAC

Flood Zones: It's a Matter of Elevation

RealtyTrac analyst Octavio Nuiry comments that on March 21, more than 5 million flood insurance policyholders cheered when President Barack Obama signed into law the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, delaying increases in federal flood insurance premiums for four years imposed by the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012. Here's an elevation tool to suss out how high or low the land lies.

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NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF HOME BUILDERS

'Patent Trolls' Eyed by Senate, Backed by NAHB

Per a National Association of Home Builders press statement, "The NAHB is calling on the Senate to advance the Patent Transparency and Improvements Act of 2013 (S. 1720), legislation that would significantly improve the U.S. patent process and stop patent abuse. Small business owners in home building and scores of other industries across the nation are increasingly being attacked by patent trolls who are indiscriminately issuing threatening letters to companies alleging patent infringement."

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BROOKINGS INSTITUTION

Would Tax Policy Change Get More Two-Earner Families to Work?

Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray introduced legislation that would establish a deduction for two-earner families and expand the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for childless individuals. The bill follows the secondary earner deduction outlined in a Hamilton Project paper by Brookings Institution fellows Melissa Kearney and Lesley Turner.

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