The National Lumber and Building Material Association's (NLBMDA's) released its 2011 National Policy Agenda. The document reflects an effort to spur new home construction by mitigating federal red tape and encouraging banks to renew lending activity.
The association's agenda includes statements on housing, legal reform, workforce policy, tax policy, product supply, transportation and energy.
"With Congress kicking off the 112th Congress already focused on reviewing and possibly eliminating burdensome regulations, the NLBMDA stands ready to work with policymakers to roll back the red tape and costly mandates that have hampered our economic recovery," said Joe Collings, NLBMDA chairman and CEO of Ferguson Lumber in Rockville, Ind. "It is essential that Congress focus on job creation and sound fiscal policies that will restore housing as the cornerstone to our strong national economy. We look forward to working with Congress to pass common-sense, pro-growth policies that will put the building supply industry and our national economy back on the path to recovery."
In a statement, the NLBMDA also said it will continue to advance pro-business policies that will strengthen small businesses and protect the many multi-generational family-owned businesses in the industry.