Posts Tagged ‘ Congress ’

NAHB Implores Congress to Reduce Multifamily Development Fees

Sep 6th, 2018

Yesterday, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) told Congress that excessive regulations are causing higher rent and reduced affordability for customers. Steve Lawson, chairman of The Lawson Companies based in Virginia, testified on behalf of the NAHB before the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance. He told the subcommittee that overregulation of […]

Congress Wants to Ease the Merger and Acquisition Process

Oct 26th, 2015

On September 30, the House Judiciary Committee approved the Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews Through Equal Rules (SMARTER) Act, which seeks to streamline the rules governing how the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) review proposed mergers and acquisitions. Currently, the FTC and the DOJ each can review planned mergers and […]

From Grim to Optimistic: The First 7 Months of the 114th Congress

Aug 17th, 2015

While there might be a lot of noise in the political world as 2016 presidential hopefuls kick off their campaigns, the halls of Capitol Hill are eerily quiet. With August recess upon us, let’s take a moment to reflect on the year so far. January-March The View from Here: Grim The 114th Congress convened for […]

LRRP Rule Amendments: IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED

May 26th, 2015

Since its inception in 2010, the Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting (LRRP) rule has been a point of contention among building and construction professionals, especially those of us in the fenestration industry. Estimates vary on how many potential window replacement projects and other types of renovations have been postponed or abandoned due to the high […]

Proposed Bill Aims to Promote Energy Savings

Mar 9th, 2015

U.S. Reps. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) introduced bipartisan legislation last week to develop energy efficiency standards for buildings that don’t overwhelm homeowners and homebuilders with excessive regulations. The Energy Savings and Building Efficiency Act aims to use more cost-effective energy codes to promote savings in commercial buildings and homes. The lawmakers first […]

Does Congress Have a Softer Side?

Mar 22nd, 2013

“What?” may be your immediate reaction to the premise that Congress isn’t all bad. At a time when sequesters, fiscal cliffs and budgetary woes dominate the news, this is a pretty hard story to sell. Okay, I’m not really selling it, I am just presenting a different view—one relayed to me, and other attendees of […]

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