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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.

Rural Housing Fix at Hand

January 31, 2014: 

NAR has been working with Congress for the last three years to ensure that rural communities continue to have access to rural housing programs.

FHA Allows More Electronic Signatures

January 31, 2014: 

On Jan. 30, HUD announced that it will now accept electronic signatures on most documents involved in FHA mortgage insurance, mortgage servicing, loss mitigation and FHA insurance claims.

Main Street Coalition Seeks Patent Litigation Reform

January 31, 2014: 

In a letter to Congress today, the Main Street Patent Coalition called for comprehensive common sense patent reform legislation.

Rockefeller Reintroduces Data Breach Bill

January 31, 2014: 

On Jan. 30, Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), in the wake of data breaches at Target and Neiman Marcus, reintroduced a bill aimed at curbing that threat. This marks Rockefeller's third effort at data security legislation.

Senate Passes Flood Insurance Bill

January 30, 2014: 

On Jan. 30, 2014, the United States Senate voted 67-32 to approve the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act (S. 1926), sponsored by Senators Menendez (D-NJ) and Isakson (R-GA).

NAR Comments on Reform Draft

January 17, 2014: 

On Jan. 16, 2014, NAR joined with a group of 18 other real estate associations in sending a comment letter to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) regarding a staff discussion draft released by the Committee on Nov. 21, 2013.

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