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NLBMDA urging Congress to pass stimulus plan

NLBMDA wants to see payroll tax cuts and an increase in the Small Business Administration's loan program.

BY HBSDealer Staff

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealer Association (NLBMDA) said it wants to see the federal government pass a stimulus package, including payroll tax cuts, low-income tax credits, and increasing the Small Business Administration’s loan program.

The NLBMDA issued the following statement regarding stimulus legislation:

Over the past week, NLBMDA has been working on behalf of the LBM industry to ensure federal lawmakers understand how vital it is for supporting residential and commercial construction and the U.S. economy as a whole. Today, NLBMDA sent a letter to Tom Wolf, acting director of the U.S Department of Homeland Security, urging DHS to continue to support the LBM industry in their guidance of “Essential critical infrastructure”, including in any revisions to the guidance in the coming weeks.

To view a copy of the letter, click here.

In addition, NLBMDA sent a letter to Congressional leadership urging them to include several industry priorities as part of any economic stimulus legislation, which could be voted on at any time. To assist our direct lobbying efforts, we have set up a grassroots campaign for members to contact their elected officials. Specifically, NLBMDA is supporting the following provisions in the stimulus bill:

  • Establish a minimum 4% Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) rate;
  • Temporary payroll tax elimination;
  • Increase the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 7(a) loan program by $50 billion;
  • Allow investors to utilize FHA 203(k) loans;
  • Qualified Improvement Property (QIP) Fix.

NLBMDA urges all of its members and industry stakeholders to take action now and contact their member of Congress by clicking here to access the grassroots campaign.

This remains a very fluid environment and NLBMDA is hard at work advocating on behalf of the industry. For questions, please contact Kevin McKenney, NLBMDA’s Director of Government Affairs, at [email protected].

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