Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Biggert Continues Her Assault On The Construction Industry

Continuing her direct attack against any potential for recovery of new housing construction in America any time soon, 13th District Republican Representative Judy Biggert succeeded this morning in securing House passage of the fourth in a series of separate bills she cosponsored, terminating programs which provide relief to homeowners plagued by the economic crisis. Biggert is a cosponsor of HR 830, the FHA Refinance Program Termination Act, and HR 836, the Emergency Mortgage Relief Termination Act, passed by the House and sent to the Senate Banking Committee March 14, as well as HR 861, the Neighborhood Stabilization Program Termination Act, passed in the House March 17 and sent to the Senate Banking Committee. This morning the House also passed HR 839, the Home Affordable Modification Program Termination Act, cosponsored by Biggert, which will go to the same Senate Banking Committee.

Under Biggert’s leadership, the House has now succeeded in pushing through bills to completely gut all the programs in the Obama Administration stimulus legislation which gave some hope of stabilizing the tottering housing market, and stemming the bleeding in the housing start statistics so critical to recovery of jobs and activity in the construction industry. The fate of these critical programs is now in the hands of the 10 Republican, 12 Democrat Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. The Democratic members are Chairman Tim Johnson of South Dakota, and Senators Jack Reed of Rhode Island, Charles Schumer of New York, Robert Mendez of New Jersey, Daniel Akaka of Hawaii, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Jon Tester of Montana, Herb Kohl of Wisconsin, Mark Warner of Virginia, Jeff Merkley of Oregon, Michael Bennet of Colorado and Kay Hagan of North Carolina. Republicans serving on the committee include Ranking Member Richard Shelby of Alabama, and Senators Mark Crapo of Idaho, Bob Corker of Tennessee, Jim DeMint of South Carolina, David Vitter of Louisiana, Mike Johanns of Nebraska, Patrick Tooney of Pennsylvania, Mark Kirk of Illinois, Jerry Moran of Kansas, and Roger Wicker of Mississippi.

While pundits predict all four bills will die in the Senate, or be vetoed by President Obama in the unlikely event they do pass, it is incumbent on every voter whose economic progress depends in any way on recovery of the construction segment of our economy to get in touch with the members of the Senate Banking Committee and let them know how important it is to construction companies and construction workers to see that this destructive legislation never reaches the Senate floor.
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