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Home Building Maintains Activity Level

The number of residential permits issued during August indicates that local builders will be working hard to replenish new home inventory, according to the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City’s (HBA) monthly Residential Building Permit Statistics report.   Area communities issued 530 permits for new single family residences during August, an increase of 36 from the prior month and 105 more permits than in August of 2015.    The year-to-date total of 3,852 is 29% higher than 2015’s total through August.  Multi-family permits are also setting a brisk pace with 3,062 units permitted during the first eight months of this year.

Congressman Cleaver Calls for House Leaders to Vote on House Water Infrastructure Bill

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II (MO-05) calls on House leadership to move forward with protecting and securing homes and businesses from potential flooding by voting on the Water Resources Development Act, (WRDA) H.R. 5303. Congressman Cleaver, along with over 142 House Members, sent a letter to the Speaker Paul Ryan, and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, asking that they bring WRDA for a vote. The letter can be found here. The U.S. Senate today passed their version of the water infrastructure bill, which also includes funding to help the residents of Flint, Michigan.

Congressman Cleaver Supports Airbnb Decision to Address Discrimination Practices

In June, Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II (MO-05) along with Congressional Black Caucus Chairman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) sent a letter to the CEO of Airbnb, Inc. Brian Chesky. The letter, which can be found here, addressed recent reports of discrimination against African-Americans and other minorities who attempt to book rooms online with Airbnb.

Year-To-Date Home Building Maintains 30% Increase over 2015

New residential permit activity in the Kansas City region slowed slightly during July but area builders are still on track for a 30% increase over 2015. Local cities and counties issued 494 permits for new single family units, bringing the year-to-date total to 3,322 according to the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City’s July Residential Building Permit Statistics report. Multi-family construction also continues to grow: construction activity from January to July rose 42 percent with 2,409 units permitted, compared with 1,706 units for the first seven months of 2015.

Blunt-Backed Route 47 Missouri River Bridge Project Breaks Ground in Washington

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following statement marking today’s groundbreaking in Washington, Mo. for the new Route 47 Missouri River Bridge Project. Blunt was instrumental in securing resources for the project, which will create a safer, more efficient connection between Franklin and Warren Counties

Providing Safe and Affordable Housing

On Monday morning, I had the privilege of joining Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) in a joint press conference in Jefferson City to discuss our bipartisan housing legislation that was recently signed into law by President Obama. This law, H.R. 3700 and Public Law No. 114-201, will reform housing policies in America for the first time in decades. This bipartisan effort has been a long time coming. H.R. 3700 represents the first time in more than 27 years that a bill has unanimously passed both houses of Congress under regular order, and not suspension of the rules

Congressmen Cleaver and Luetkemeyer to Hold Joint Press Conference on Historic Housing Reform

Congressmen Emanuel Cleaver, II (MO-05) and Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) will hold a press conference in Jefferson City, Missouri, on their legislation that was recently signed into law by President Obama. The legislation will reform housing policies in America for the first time in decades. This bi-partisan effort has been a long time coming.

President Signs Luetkemeyer Legislation to Reform Nation’s Housing Policies

resident Obama has signed into law legislation that U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) introduced which would reform housing policies in America for the first time in decades

Congressman Cleaver’s Co-Authored Bipartisan Housing Bill Passes Senate

H.R. 3700, The Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act, successfully passed through the Senate. This bill, sponsored by Missouri Congressmen Emanuel Cleaver, II and Blaine Luetkemeyer, passed unanimously in the House on February 2, 2016. The bill was later introduced in the Senate by Senator Menendez, Senator Scott, Senator Coons, and Missouri Senator Roy Blunt. It successfully passed on July 14, 2016, and is now on its way to President Barack Obama's desk for signature

Blunt-Klobuchar Bill Will Help More Children Find Homes Through International Adoption & Child Welfare...

U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), co-chairs of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, yesterday introduced the Vulnerable Children and Families Act. The measure would help more children living without families or in institutional care find permanent homes by enhancing U.S. diplomatic efforts around international child welfare and ensuring that intercountry adoption to the United States becomes a more viable and fully-developed option

Luetkemeyer Questions HUD Secretary Regarding Policies That Leave Taxpayers at Risk

U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) issued the following release after Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julian Castro discussed major changes to the treatment of nonperforming loans during his testimony before the House Financial Services Committee

Blunt Introduces Bill to Cut Waste and Improve Housing Programs for Missouri Veterans, Seniors,...

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), along with Senators Bob Menendez (N.J.), Tim Scott (S.C.), and Chris Coons (Del.), introduced the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act. The bill reforms and streamlines housing programs at the Departme

Sam Graves Leads Roundtable Focused on New Technologies for America’s Infrastructure

U.S. Representative Sam Graves, Chairman of the Highway and Transit Subcommittee, today led a roundtable discussion focused on innovation in the FAST Act. The newest federal Highway Bill, which Graves helped pass into law last year, established competitive grant programs to promote technologies that increase efficiency, improve safety, and reduce congestion on our nation’s roadways.

Home Building Continues Growth Trend

The eight county Kansas City metropolitan area recorded 519 single family building permits during April, bringing the year-to-date total to 1,720 according to the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City’s (HBA) monthly Residential Building Permit Statistics report. With the first four months of the year showing nearly a 30% increase from the same period in 2015, local home builders’ activity is at approximately 75% of the average recorded during the past thirty-five years. Multi-family construction continues to grow through-out the metro area, with 361 units permitted in April and a year-to-date total of 1348. Click for the April 2016 Residential Statistics

Luetkemeyer, Subcommittee Convene Hearing on Comparison of U.K., U.S. Models for Affordable Housing

U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) issued the following statement upon conclusion of the Housing and Insurance Subcommittee titled “The Future of Housing in America: A Comparison of the United Kingdom and United States Models for Affordable Housing.”

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Blunt-Klobuchar Bill Will Help More Children Find Homes Through International Adoption...

U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), co-chairs of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, yesterday introduced the Vulnerable Children and Families Act. The measure would help more children living without families or in institutional care find permanent homes by enhancing U.S. diplomatic efforts around international child welfare and ensuring that intercountry adoption to the United States becomes a more viable and fully-developed option

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Home Building Maintains Activity Level

The number of residential permits issued during August indicates that local builders will be working hard to replenish new home inventory, according to the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City’s (HBA) monthly Residential Building Permit Statistics report.   Area communities issued 530 permits for new single family residences during August, an increase of 36 from the prior month and 105 more permits than in August of 2015.    The year-to-date total of 3,852 is 29% higher than 2015’s total through August.  Multi-family permits are also setting a brisk pace with 3,062 units permitted during the first eight months of this year.