Charlotte HBA President Alan Banks, EVP Kathryn Lewis, and Exec Committee members Bill Saint & Rich Davis on Capitol Hill
REBIC joined home builders from Charlotte and across North Carolina in Washington, D.C. last week to advocate for housing issues on Capitol Hill during NAHB’s annual Legislative Conference.
Led by NAHB president and Charlotte home builder Rick Judson, our delegation met with Congressmen Robert Pittenger, Richard Hudson, Mark Meadows and Mel Watt, as well as with Senators Richard Burr and Kay Hagan. Some of the critical issues we discussed were: the housing production credit crisis; federal tax reform; housing finance reform; immigration reform and its impact on the labor supply; and the affordability of the National Flood Insurance Program.
North Carolina home builders hear from Senator Richard Burr during NAHB’s Legislative Conference
Our Charlotte-area congressmen were generally supportive of our industry’s key issues, but most expected the immigration issue to be the only one Washington would address before the end of the year. Reform of Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac also appear to be on the horizon, with draft legislation already nearing completion. Our builder delegation asked the congressmen we met with to ensure the federal government maintains its role in backstopping the mortgage industry, and to undertake reforms to our immigration policy that would allow for a reliable flow of workers to meet the demands of a growing, but still fragile, housing recovery.
Thanks to all the Charlotte HBA members who took time out of their busy schedules to make the trip to Washington!
Charlotte area home builders meet with Congressman Richard Hudson in Washington, D.C.