Washington Report

Advocacy Updates from Washington D.C.

The Washington Report covers legislative and regulatory policy activities, and is compiled by NAR's Government Affairs policy staff. To receive this content via email, subscribe to NAR's Weekly Report newsletter and check the "legislative & regulatory issues" box.

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A Science Advisory Board panel will recommend the EPA consider the degree of connections that wetlands and streams have with downstream waters in a draft scientific study. This is a positive development for regulated stakeholders because establishing significance of the connection is a test articulated by Supreme Court Justice Kennedy to ascertain which wetlands merit Clean Water Act jurisdiction.

In response to delays encountered in the implementation of the federally administered health exchange website, Healthcare.gov, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services formally issued regulations on December 12th extending the deadline for signing up via the website for health insurance that would take effect on January 1, 2014.

On December 12, 2013, The Federal Reserve Board, along with five other federal regulatory agencies, issued a final rule to exempt a subset of higher priced mortgage loans (HPML) from certain appraisal requirements.

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