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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.

Senate Passes Foreign Investment Bill

August 3, 2012: 

The Senate passed S. 3245, which reauthorizes the EB-5 regional center program that allows foreign investors to channel investment funds into American businesses and developments for three years.

Coalition Urges Extension of Rural Housing Programs

August 3, 2012: 

On Sept. 30, more than 900 communities who currently are eligible for housing programs under the Rural Housing Service in the Department of Agriculture become ineligible.

Senate Committee Conducts Hearing on Section 8 Reform

August 3, 2012: 

Last week the Senate Banking Committee convened a hearing on "Streamlining and Strengthening HUD’s Rental Housing Assistance Programs."

New Summary Explains the 3.8% Tax

August 3, 2012: 

NAR has prepared a new guide to explain in easy-to-understand language what REALTORS® need to know about the 3.8% tax and health care reform.

VA Loan Limits Reinstated, VA ARMs Made Permanent

August 3, 2012: 

President Obama is expected to soon sign a bill that will reinstate the higher VA loan limits, and will make the VA ARM programs permanent.

U.S. House Passes RESPA Home Warranty Clarification Act of 2011

August 2, 2012: 

The bipartisan legislation is designed to counter an erroneous Department of Housing and Urban Development interpretive rule that reversed decades of common understanding of RESPA.

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