To promote a national housing agenda this summer, NAHB supplied a housing policy agenda for the platform committees of both political parties, and we established a notable presence at the Democratic and Republican national conventions. That included a series of ads in special daily convention issues of the National Journal that made a highly favorable impression on the lawmakers and delegates attending those events. We also hosted receptions for congressional leaders and cosponsored media briefings. We supplied a housing policy agenda for the platform committees of both political parties.
To let our members know the positions of the two presidential candidates on issues that are important to us, we asked President George W. Bush and Sen. John Kerry several questions, and we have published their responses in a special report. At our board of directors meeting in Columbus, Ohio, on Nov. 2 we heard directly from the President about how he intends to increase housing opportunity in this country. For yet more information on the full range of housing policies that need to emerge from the elections, NAHB and four other national groups in Washington have put together a consensus report describing those issues in great detail. All of this is information that will help you make the right decisions for the housing industry and your business on election day.
As the elections enter their final days and weeks, this is also a time for participating in the grassroots campaign efforts that are occurring across the country. Here’s how you can help make a difference:
- Encourage your family, friends, employees, HBA members and their subcontractors to get out and vote.
- Sponsor a fundraiser for your candidate.
- Recruit HBA members and employees to volunteer their time for campaigns.
- Make, distribute and place campaign signs.
- Make phone calls for your candidate.
- Deliver campaign literature door-to-door.
- Assist with campaign events.
Don’t let this political season pass you by. Housing is a major concern of America’s electorate and it is an issue that commands the support of men and women on both sides of the political aisle. This is your opportunity to ensure that when the ballots are counted on Election Day, they will spell victory for the candidates who stand tallest for housing and the American dream.
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