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Washington Report

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.

March 22, 2013
Last week Congress passed the Continuing Resolution, which funds the government for remainder of the fiscal year.
March 15, 2013
In an official letter to lenders, HUD Assistant Secretary and FHA Commissioner Carol Galante has advised of possible FHA mortgage processing delays due to the sequestration of 2013 funding which began March 1.
Topics: FHA
March 15, 2013
On Friday, March 15, 2013, NAR submitted comments to the Internal Revenue Service in connection with proposed regulations published on January 2, 2013, interpreting the Shared Responsibility for Employers Regarding Health Coverage requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
March 15, 2013
On March 12, Representatives Bill Huizenga and David Scott reintroduced the Consumer Mortgage Choice Act. The legislation addresses the definition of fees and points in a mortgage transaction.
March 15, 2013
On March 14, 2013, the Workforce Protections Subcommittee of the Education and Workforce Committee held a hearing on “Examining the Role of Lower-Skilled Guest Worker Programs in Today’s Economy,” which discussed H-2B visas.  This visa program meets demands for lower-skilled jobs not filled by Americans by providing temporary visas for non-agricultural workers.