MHI Action Alert –August 13, 2012

Mhi housing alert

Action Alert – Encourage Your U.S. Senators and Members of Congress to Support the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act (S. 3484 and H.R. 3849)

MHI Members,

Your assistance is needed to encourage your U.S. Senators and Members of Congress to support the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act (S. 3484 and H.R. 3849).

Last week, Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs’ Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection, formally introduced legislation (S. 3484) to reduce regulatory burdens impeding access to affordable manufactured housing financing. The bill (titled the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act) is a companion measure to the bipartisan bill (H.R. 3849) that was introduced in the House of Representatives in January 2012 by Reps. Stephen Fincher (R-TN), Joe Donnelly (D-IN) and Gary Miller (R-CA), all of whom serve on the House Financial Services Committee.

With Congress in recess until mid-September, now is the ideal time to approach Members of Congress while they are back in their districts/states and discuss the challenges facing the manufactured housing industry. MHI members are urged to specifically request that their U.S. Senators sponsor S. 3484 and their U.S. Representatives sponsor H.R. 3849. While the bills do contain some differences (click here to view background information and a chart comparing the two measures), both are focused on providing relief to the industry while preserving consumer protection.

Currently, the House bill (H.R. 3849) has over 40 co-sponsors, with interest continuing to build. If your House member has not yet co-sponsored, recess is the ideal time to contact them and request that they co-sponsor. A list of current co-sponsors is below. At the same time, we ask that you contact your U.S. Senators and urge them to co-sponsor S. 3484. We are working to build support for the Senate bill here in Washington, D.C., but need the message to be delivered at home as well. Your participation at the local level is needed to communicate the important, yet modest, relief both bills will provide to all connected to the manufactured housing market, industry and consumers alike.

Click here for background material and click here for SAMPLE LETTERS that you can edit and customize. Click here to view both versions of the legislation.

Thank you for your grassroots assistance with this issue of critical importance to the industry.

U.S. Representatives Co-sponsoring H.R. 3849

Rep. Aderholt, Robert B. [AL-4] – 5/16/2012
Rep. Black, Diane [TN-6] – 4/19/2012
Rep. Blackburn, Marsha [TN-7] – 3/26/2012
Rep. Boren, Dan [OK-2] – 3/19/2012
Rep. Boswell, Leonard L. [IA-3] – 3/26/2012
Rep. Calvert, Ken [CA-44] – 3/22/2012
Rep. Carson, Andre [IN-7] – 8/1/2012
Rep. Chandler, Ben [KY-6] – 3/19/2012
Rep. Cole, Tom [OK-4] – 2/29/2012
Rep. Dent, Charles W. [PA-15] – 4/19/2012
Rep. Dold, Robert J. [IL-10] – 3/5/2012
Rep. Donnelly, Joe [IN-2] – 1/31/2012
Rep. Duncan, John J., Jr. [TN-2] – 2/28/2012
Rep. Fincher, Stephen [TN-8] – 1/31/2012
Rep. Fitzpatrick, Michael G. [PA-8] – 2/28/2012
Rep. Fleischmann, Charles J. ‘Chuck’ [TN-3] – 6/18/2012
Rep. Graves, Tom [GA-9] – 7/24/2012
Rep. Harper, Gregg [MS-3] – 3/21/2012
Rep. Jones, Walter B., Jr. [NC-3] – 2/29/2012
Rep. Kissell, Larry [NC-8] – 6/18/2012
Rep. Kline, John [MN-2] – 5/8/2012
Rep. Lankford, James [OK-5] – 3/6/2012
Rep. Latham, Tom [IA-4] – 6/6/2012
Rep. Loebsack, David [IA-2] – 4/19/2012
Rep. Lucas, Frank D. [OK-3] – 4/16/2012
Rep. Manzullo, Donald A. [IL-16] – 3/26/2012
Rep. Marino, Tom [PA-10] – 6/18/2012
Rep. McIntyre, Mike [NC-7] – 4/27/2012
Rep. Miller, Gary G. [CA-42] – 1/31/2012
Rep. Nunnelee, Alan [MS-1] – 3/26/2012
Rep. Palazzo, Steven M. [MS-4] – 3/26/2012
Rep. Quayle, Benjamin [AZ-3] – 5/31/2012
Rep. Rahall, Nick J., II [WV-3] – 3/26/2012
Rep. Renacci, James B. [OH-16] – 3/21/2012
Rep. Roe, David P. [TN-1] – 4/16/2012
Rep. Rogers, Mike D. [AL-3] – 4/16/2012
Rep. Schweikert, David [AZ-5] – 3/29/2012
Rep. Scott, Tim [SC-1] – 7/19/2012
Rep. Sewell, Terri A. [AL-7] – 5/16/2012
Rep. Sullivan, John [OK-1] – 2/29/2012
Rep. Thompson, Bennie G. [MS-2] – 3/21/2012
Rep. Wilson, Joe [SC-2] – 6/18/2012

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