The Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) informs MHProNews on Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed its Fiscal Year 2016 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill, which includes the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act (S. 682/H.R. 650) per Senate Banking Committee Chairman Richard Shelby’s (R-AL) request.
While passage of the language from S.682 by the Senate Appropriations Committee is another step in the legislative process, it was approved along partisan lines with cosponsors including Thad Cochran (R-MS), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and John Boozman (R-AZ), Chairman of the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee. Other Appropriations Committee cosponsors are: Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Steve Daines (R-MT), John Hoeven (R-ND), and James Lankford (R-OK).
Although U. S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew says he will recommend a veto of any legislation that alters the Dodd-Frank Act, Banking Committee Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-OH) may be willing to include modest changes to Dodd-Frank. In any case, it is crucial to the industry to keep the dialogue going. MHI says, “As the legislative process continues, we must work to ensure the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act continues to be a part of this dialogue and that language is included in the final Dodd-Frank Act reform package that is passed by Congress.”
MHI reminds us there are powerful consumer groups and other forces working to defeat The Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act, and it is incumbent on members of our industry to contact our Representatives and Senators to remind them of the importance of this legislation to their constituents. U. S. Representatives will working from their district offices from Aug. 3 to Sept. 7; Senators will be in their state offices from Aug. 10 to Sept. 7. Even if you have reached out to them before, it helps to follow up again during the recess. This is an absolutely critical time, and you can make the difference.
For assistance in making appointments to visit yur Congressional members Simply contact Leah Kehoe in MHI’s Government Affairs department at (703) 229-6207. ##
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Article submitted by Matthew J. Silver to Daily Business News-MHProNews.