As I’m writing this, it’s hard to believe it’s almost May. The year is moving fast. I would like to start this article off with an old quote we’ve all heard before “Money is the mother’s milk of politics.” Now, you are asking why this quote?

Glad you asked. We are starting a new Build-Pac cycle. What’s Build-Pac? It is the political arm of NAHB. These are the men and women who fight for us every day in Washington, D.C. I have had the opportunity to see them in action, and it is amazing how hard they work on our behalf.

So, it’s time for us to do our part and support Build-Pac with our donation. For those of you who have already given, thank you!

For those who have not, we need you to do your part to help defend housing and your way of life. For as little as $2.75 a day -- less than a Starbucks -- you can defend housing and the families you serve. To make a donation, you can contact OSHBA office at (405) 843-5579.

Keeping with the importance of Build-Pac, here are just a few of the items that occurred since my last article.

The new administration has been seeking NAHB’s opinion on several of our key issues, with staff and senior officers making trips to the White House and halls of Congress. After the March 29 executive board meeting, the senior officers met with the new EPA secretary, our very own Scott Pruitt, and plan to meet with new HUD Secretary Ben Carson soon.

Congress rolled back the Volk Record Keeping rule from OSHA from 5 years to 6 months. President Trump signed an executive order to review EPA Clean Power plan. And the big one was the repeal of the Waters of the U.S. All of these are major victories for the homebuilding industry.

NAHB is continuing to work on a new membership model and board of director structure, with more information to come after the June board meeting. If you are making plans for June, NAHB will be celebrating 75 years with a gala in Washington, D.C. You can go to NAHB.org for mote details.

And as always, please be involved in your local, state, and national. Together we make the industry great.

Tony Foust is State Rep to the NAHB. He can be contacted at tony@davincihomesok.com.