REBIC joined the leadership of the Charlotte Regional REALTOR® Association (CRRA) in Washington, D.C. last week to discuss housing issues with North Carolina’s U.S. Senators and Congressmen during the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR)’s annual Legislative Midyear Meetings.
Our visit to Capitol Hill began in the historic Kennedy Caucus Room of the Russell Senate Office Building, home to some of the most dramatic Senate proceedings of the past century, including the Watergate Hearings and investigations into Pearl Harbor and the sinking of the Titanic.
At a breakfast hosted by the North Carolina Association of REALTORS® (NCAR), we joined members from across our state for an hour-long dialogue with Senators Richard Burr (R) and Kay Hagan (D), who appeared separately to make remarks and answer questions about their positions on key housing issues.
Then, following a visit to the Senate Gallery to watch our nation’s highest legislative body debate, we visited separately with Congressmen Robert Pittenger (R) and Mel Watt (D) in their Capitol Hill offices.
Realtors® asked our Mecklenburg County representatives to preserve the Mortgage Interest Deduction (MID) in the federal tax code, to protect and strengthen the Federal Housing Administration (FHA)’s mortgage financing policies, and to restructure Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to ensure that affordable home loans continue to be available to all consumers.
REBIC and CRRA will continue to engage our federal legislators on these critical issues in the months to come. Thanks to all our Realtor® members who took the time to join us in Washington last week to bring the important message of homeownership to our nation’s capitol!
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