NYHA Members Visit Capitol Hill
On June 25-26, members from across the nation descended on Washington, DC, for MHI’s 2018 Summer Legislative Fly-In. As part of this two-day event, attendees heard from senior Administration officials and met with their Members of Congress to discuss recent actions taken in Washington that are negatively impacting manufactured housing and keeping families from obtaining the dream of home ownership. Attendees also thanked their Members of Congress for their bi-partisan passage of S. 2155, the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act.
At the General Session on June 25, attendees were briefed on MHI’s two legislative priorities that needed to be addressed during their Capitol Hill visits: reducing regulatory burdens to financing for manufactured homes and fighting regulatory overreach by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Dr. Lesli Gooch, MHI’s Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Chief Lobbyist, conducted a presentation to educate, each participant about the two key requests to be made on the Hill, including offering succinct talking points in favor of each issue and providing examples of the negative impact the issue was having on consumers. The two requests included:
- Ask Secretary Carson to expedite HUD’s Regulatory review of its manufactured housing rules and make necessary changes and
- Ask CFPB’s Acting
Director Mulvaney to finalize the revisions to the CFPB’s definition of a mortgage loan originator so it is consistent with the amended definition under S.2155 and to use the CFPB’s authority under the Dodd-Frank Act to provide more flexibility with respect to HOEPA thresholds; which have caused some lenders to stop making or significantly limit financing for manufactured homes.
Members also heard from Senator Joe Donnelly and CFPB Acting Director Mick Mulvaney.
On June 26, participants flooded the Hill in a day full of meetings with elected officials and their staff to discuss the legislative priorities: reducing regulatory burdens to financing for manufactured homes and fighting regulatory overreach by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). At a luncheon that day, MHI presented the 2018 Champion of Homeownership Award to manufactured housing leaders in Congress – Representatives Andy Barr (R-KY), Bruce Poliquin (R-ME), David Kustoff (R-TN), Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) and Kathleen Rice (D-NY) – all of whom are sponsors of The Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act (s. 2155). NYHA Executive Nancy Geer presented the award to Representative Rice. During the acceptance of his Award, Representative Barr thanked the industry for its persistence and advocacy efforts on the Hill to address this issue which impacts all Americans. He stated, “Manufactured housing is a non-partisan issue – both Republicans and Democrats need access to affordable housing. It’s about the American people not party affiliation.”
Despite jam-packed schedules requiring treks back and forth from the House-side to the Senate-side of the Capitol complex, MHI members diligently delivered the key messages. The meetings were a great success in demonstrating to Members of Congress the importance of manufactured housing as a critical resource to their constituents. The impact of these face-to-face meetings in D.C. is exceptionally influential to Senators and Representatives and MHI sincerely thanked all those who participated in the Hill visits this year.
In addition to Representative Rice (D-4), NYHA members also visited the offices of Congressman Thomas Suozzi (D-3), Congressman Tom Reed (R-23), Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-21) and Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (R-22).