The Housing Chronicles Blog: Finding the right solution to fix housing

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Finding the right solution to fix housing

Given the growing array of industries seeking bail-outs from Congress, the housing industry is ramping up efforts to ensure that its own Fix Housing First initiative remains at the top of the list.

From a story at

With an economic stimulus sequel on the fast track on Capitol Hill, special interest groups from sectors as diverse as aviation and banking are trying to elbow their way closer to the front of a long line of industries in need of some help from their lawmaker friends.

Faced with that kind of steep competition for a top slot on Congress's priority list, the Fix Housing First coalition, which has been pushing for another, more robust home buyer tax credit and an aggressive mortgage-rate buy down, has upped its lobbying efforts and launched a media campaign to generate grassroots support. The strategy aims to pressure key congressional leaders into securing its agenda a spot in the stimulus package expected to be passed in January when President-elect Barack Obama takes office...

So, to get a grasp of where much of the coalition's lobbying efforts have been concentrated to date--and where they're likely to remain in 2009--Big Builder put together a congressional cheat sheet that highlights the key lawmakers with a heavy hand in the fate of the coalition's proposals...

Click here for cheat sheet.

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