From the congressional races, we will see some familiar faces and some new faces in the 109th Congress that convenes next year, but the good news is that there are few who are not familiar with the needs of our industry. Through a sophisticated communications and outreach program, the nation’s home builders conducted a voter mobilization campaign targeted at one key Senate race and nine competitive House races. Thanks to the dedication and hard work of our members, we won all of them. BUILDPAC, our political action committee, has been a growing source of strength and pride for our association, and the results of the elections show that NAHB has become a powerful force on Capitol Hill on behalf of championing housing and the American dream. (To read more in NBN about the outcome of the elections, click here.)
In the weeks ahead, NAHB will be working to sharpen its position on the housing issues that will arise in the new Congress and the new Administration. On the policies that matter the most, we are ready to engage our nation’s leaders in an effort to achieve legislation that will make a decisive difference for the men and women who build America’s housing and the households who live in the homes that lend vitality to our economy, our neighborhoods and our society.
Workforce housing is very much on our agenda, and we will be gathering at the National Housing Center next month to voice our ongoing commitment to providing housing for our country’s working families in or near the communities they serve. Along with Fannie Mae, NAHB will be holding “Close to Home: A Symposium on Workforce Housing” on Dec. 8. The symposium will consider new research on the housing needs of working families and will include panels that will define the problem, identify strategies for overcoming barriers and consider approaches and partnerships that have worked and can succeed to solve this problem.
As we have seen in the elections, the concern for housing is an issue that bridges political differences like no other. Our hopes and our spirits are high, and our determination is strong, to accomplish great things for housing and work with out newly elected leaders to reaffirm policies that will fulfill our commitment to housing like never before.
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