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  • Capitol Update: Congress Goes Home for the Holidays (and so Does the Rest of D.C.)

    Dear Apartment Industry Colleagues,The end is nigh!No, it’s not the opening to the latest apocalyptic zombie thriller (though I do enjoy those), I’m referring to the end of the first session of the 113th Congress. For the first time in many years, Congress will go and stay gone from Washington, D.C., for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. “Huzzah!” says every...
  • Capitol Update: Business as “Usual” Means More Negotiations

    Dear Apartment Industry Colleagues,The shutdown is over, the debt limit was extended another three months and Congress is returning to business as usual. Right now, “usual” means another round of negotiations to find a deal addressing the federal government’s budget and fiscal challenges and avoid another situation such as what occurred in October. This was mandated by the...
  • Capitol Update: Blame Game in Full Swing as Clock Ticks

    Apartment Industry Advocates,As I write these words the clock is ticking down to the first shutdown of the federal government in 17 years. House Republicans want to defund, delay or otherwise defang the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in exchange for extending funding for the federal government through December 15. Senate Democrats and the White House refuse to consider any legislation that touches...
  • Capitol Update: Tracking State and Local Policy Priorities Finds New Trends Emerging

    Apartment Industry Colleagues,This month, I’m going to step outside of the Capitol beltway for a few paragraphs. As you know, tracking, analyzing and reporting on state and local policy trends are some of the central functions within NAA Government Affairs. Though this column predominantly focuses on federal updates, periodically it’s important to change the focus to something a...

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