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The Washington Report covers legislative and regulatory policy activities, and is compiled by NAR's Government Affairs policy staff. To receive this content via email, subscribe to NAR's Weekly Report newsletter and check the "legislative & regulatory issues" box.

House Committee Approves Patent Troll Fix

November 21, 2013: 

On Nov. 20, the House Judiciary Committee passed H.R. 3309, legislation to deal with the growing problem posed by “patent trolls” bringing frivolous patent infringement litigation.

False Facebook Post on Health Care Reform

November 17, 2013: 

A false Facebook post is making the rounds claiming that if you don’t pay the penalty for not buying health insurance, the IRS can file a lien against your home.

NAR Submits Comments on Draft Water Report

November 15, 2013: 

The EPA and the Corps of Engineers have released a draft scientific report In support of an anticipated proposed rule that would purport to regulate all waters of the U.S.

NAR Testifies on GSE Reform

November 1, 2013: 

On Oct. 29, 2013, NAR President Gary Thomas testified at a U.S. Senate Banking Committee hearing entitled, "Housing Finance Reform: Essentials of a Functioning Housing Finance System for Consumers."

Flood Insurance Affordability Bill Introduced

November 1, 2013: 

On Oct. 29, 2013, Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) introduced the NAR-supported “Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act” (S. 1610), to delay unintended rate increases under the Biggert-Waters law and its implementation.

Risk Retention Re-proposal Trade Letter

November 1, 2013: 

On Oct. 30, real estate and finance industry groups, including NAR, sent a joint trade letter the agencies responsible for the QRM rules (the Federal Reserve, FDIC, HUD, SEC, Department of the Treasury, and the FHFA) regarding commercial real estate elements of the re-proposed rule on credit risk retention ("the Re-proposal").

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