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The EPA released an advance notice of proposed rulemaking that sets the stage for Administrator Scott Pruitt to shift the balance in how the agency calculates costs and benefits of its rules.
The Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Labor have increased the number of H-2B non-immigrant, non-agricultural visas by an additional 15,000 through the end of Fiscal Year 2018.
Following the President's signing into law The Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act of 2018 (the Act), the Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA) released Circular 26-18-13 Policy Guidance Update: VA Refinance Loans and the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act on May 25, 2018.
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passed a modified version of a water infrastructure bill, the Water Resources Development Act, by voice vote.
The Senate confirmed Brian Montgomery to be the Assistant Secretary/FHA Commissioner for the Department of Housing and Urban Development by a vote of 74-23.
On May 24, the President signed into law S. 2155, the "Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act," which the House passed the previous day (the Senate passed it in March).
The National Association of REALTORS®, along with nearly 200 other associations, joined in a letter to the U.S. Department of Treasury and the IRS asking for a one-year delay of a new requirement that makes certain employee fringe benefits subject to tax.
On May 22, Congress passed a banking reform package that included additional consumer protections for PACE loans.
NAR sent a letter to the House of Representatives in support of S. 2155, the “Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act” that passed by a vote of 258 to 159.
On May 16, 2018, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) extended the Hurricane Maria-related Presidentially-Declared Disaster Areas foreclosure moratorium for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI).