Germaneness: The requirement that an amendment be closely related—in terms of the
precise subject or purpose, for example—to the text it proposes to
amend. House rules require amendments to be germane; Senate rules
apply this restriction only in limited circumstances.
FPC Field Reports
Today is the final day of the quarter to file your FPC field
reports for the first quarter. If you have not done so please do so now.
Here to File Your Field Report
Everyone should have sent in NAR’s position letter on tax to your
legislator and filed a field report notifying staff. For that reason, I hope by
next week, I can report back that we’re starting this Congressional session off
on the right foot with 100% cooperation and reporting.
NAR Urges U.S. Treasury Secretary to Protect the Mortgage Interest
On March 10, 2017, NAR President Bill Brown sent a
letter on behalf of NAR urging the new Treasury Secretary, Steven Munchin, to
protect the current tax benefits of homeownership as the Trump Administration
seeks to reform the federal income tax system. Referring to recent media
reports where Munchin promised to leave “the mortgage interest deduction as
is,” the letter explained that certain types of tax reform plans, such as the
“Blueprint” put forward by House Republicans, also pledge to leave the
deduction untouched. Read More
NAR’s Analysis of the President’s Budget
On Thursday, March 16, 2017 President Trump released the
"America First -
A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again." The budget
does not include many details, but is more an outline of President Trump’s
spending proposals for the 2018 fiscal year. Please
download below the highlights of the budget proposal that impact real
Download Budget Highlights
Senate Commerce Committee Holds Hearing on Drones
On March 15, the Senate Commerce, Science, &
Transportation Committee held the hearing "Unmanned Aircraft Systems:
Innovation, Integration, Successes, and Challenges." The hearing
focused on the industry growth seen since the FAA released its rule on Small
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), which went into effect in August 2016, as well
as areas in which further regulation is needed for UAS technology to realize
its full potential for U.S. businesses and the economy. Witnesses
included representatives from the FAA, airports, energy providers, and the UAS...
Launches Listening Tour
On March 15, 2017, Department of
Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson began his nation-wide
"listenting tour" to better understand the way HUD and its programs
are working in the day-to-day sense. Secretary Carson first mentioned the idea
of the listening tour during his Senate confirmation hearing in January.
NAR Urges Congress to Support Net Neutrality
On March 20, NAR sent a letter to
the House and Senate Commerce committees reiterating our support for the Federal
Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) Open Internet Order implemented in 2015.
NAR urged the committees to oppose legislation and regulatory efforts that
would threaten network neutrality and rollback important protections put in
place by the FCC in 2015.
Net neutrality is shorthand for the concept that
Internet users should be in control of what content they view and what
applications they use on the Internet. More specifically, net neutrality
requires... Read More
House Approves Association Health Plan
On March 22, 2017, the House of
Representatives approved H.R. 1101, the Small Business Health Fairness Act
(Johnson; R-TX), by a vote of 236-175. The bill amends title I of the Employee
Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to exempt health care plans sponsored by
trade and business associations from most state laws and regulations. The bill
would allow an association sponsoring a health care plan to choose the health benefits
included in the plan, as long as the plan meets certain federal and state
statutory minimums. These association sponsored health care plans could not... Read More
Important FPC Meetings During REALTORS
Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo
note the following important meetings as you plan your travel to D.C. in
Legislative and Political Forum
9:30am FPC Lobbyist Salons (Marriott Wardman)
1:45pm FPC Roundtable (Omni Shoreham) Note the time change!
4:00pm NAR 360 (Marriott Wardman)
All Day Capitol Hill Visits
6:00pm FPC Reception (Omni Shoreham)
12:00pm FPC Lounge (NAR Building)
All Day Remaining Capitol Hill Visits
All Day FPC Lounge (NAR Building)
you are likely aware, each FPC who attends the REALTORS Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C. is afforded a stipend of up to $1,000
to help defray the costs of your trip. The reimbursement process will be the
same as in previous years: FPCs, following state reimbursement rules, should
file your expense report with the state immediately after your
trip. States will then submit one invoice to NAR for the entire state FPC
delegation that attended the meetings and are requesting the stipend.
FPC Contact Team Deadline April 3
Your FPC contact teams are due next week! Please get them to your RPMIC representative ASAP. The deadline is April 3rd. Once you have identified
your team members, please report their contact information to your RPMIC
A new FPC Team Toolkit has been developed with guidelines and tips on how to
build and manage your contact team.
FPC 100% RPAC
As you know, President Bill Brown has continued the
tradition of challenging each NAR Committee to reach 100% in RPAC participation
and this year, the deadline is in May during the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings
& Trade Expo.
While the FPCs are not considered a formal Committee, I’d
like us to aim for 100% participation. Committees that reach 100% RPAC participation by April 21, 2017 will receive the 100%
Committee Challenge ribbons that committee members can proudly wear
during the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in May. If we make
the cut, FPCs will also get the ribbons.
A voluntary contribution of $15 is all it takes to be
considered an RPAC investor.
IN RPAC ONLINE
“Contributions to RPAC
are not deductible for federal income tax purposes. Contributions are voluntary
and are used for political purposes. The amounts indicated are merely
guidelines and you may contribute more or less than the suggested amounts. The
National Association of REALTORS® and its state and local associations will not
favor or disadvantage any member because of the amount contributed or a
decision not to contribute. You may refuse to contribute without
reprisal. Your contribution is split between National RPAC and the State PAC in
your state. Contact your State Association or PAC for information about
the percentages of your contribution provided to National RPAC and to the State
PAC. The National RPAC portion is used to support federal candidates and
is charged against your limits under 52 U.S.C. 30116. Federal election law prohibits
RPAC from soliciting contributions from persons outside the restricted class.
Any contributions received from outside the restricted class will be returned.”
Tips of the Trade
This Week: You Can Now Call Your Legislators Through Facebook
One of Facebook's new tools, Town Hall, allows you to find out who your local, state and federal representatives are and contact them through the social media site with just one click. To find out how, Read More Here.
**FPC Weekly Newsletters are now online!