As President-elect Trump begins to assemble a leadership team and a game plan for governance, NAHB is hard at work to ensure that our members’ priorities are addressed by the administration that will take office Jan. 20.
But even when those priorities are in alignment with Trump’s campaign platform, none of these changes can take place overnight. Some, tied up in litigation or involving multiple agencies and branches of government, may take years. And others depend on leadership appointment confirmations that also take more time than they should.
No matter what happens, NAHB government affairs, legal and regulatory staff is already preparing. Leaders have had extensive discussions and sent background information to the Trump team about a number of significant issues, including President Obama’s Executive Order that drastically changes development rules in and around floodplains.
“While there may be some expectation of quick and dramatic reversals of some existing policies, political reality may temper the pace and extent of those changes,” First Vice Chairman Granger MacDonald told the NAHB Executive Board when they convened for an online meeting Nov. 18.
For example: health care reform. While both the Republican leadership in the House and Senate want to see significant changes made to the Affordable Care Act, it’s not yet clear what specific issues, like health reimbursement arrangements, will end up in the mix, or whether the Republicans’ rejection of Obamacare will result in repeal, revision or a brand new set of programs.
Until the new Trump team is in place and has made decisions about what to tackle first, it’s hard to predict whether, say, the regulatory overreach seen in the Waters of the United States definitions – an issue of great importance to home builders – or other headline-grabbing rules such as the Clean Power Plan, will move to the head of the line. And to complicate matters, both those regulations have been stayed in federal court.
“The outcome of the election is likely to re-shape the political landscape for many of NAHB’s highest policy priorities,” MacDonald told the NAHB leadership.
“We cannot be certain as to what will change, or how quickly changes will occur. Regardless, we see this as a tremendous opportunity, because our advocacy team is well-prepared to respond to the new political environment.”
For additional information, contact NAHB Executive Vice President and Chief Lobbyist Jim Tobin at 800-368-5242 x8258.