Congress Archive

Congress Kicks Off Tax Reform Discussion

After months of speculation, Congressional leadership and President Trump released their tax reform proposal in late September. More information can be found here. The proposal aims to provide guidance as Congress begins the tax reform process. According to the President and Congressional leaders, the proposal has four goals: make the tax code simple, fair and

Federal Flood Insurance Program Extended Through December 8

As the recent flood events in Texas and Florida clearly show, having a viable and functioning flood insurance product is critical to property owners and the economy. Unfortunately, the scope of the crisis is going to challenge the Congressional flood insurance discussion currently underway. To that end, Congress has acted to reauthorize the program for


On February 28, President Trump honored a campaign promise and signed an executive order directing EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to begin the process of rescinding or revising the controversial “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule. (You can read his full remarks here) The executive order provides EPA and the Corps direction to rework the

Congressman Rouzer Speaks at BCAR

During the February Congressional recess, the Brunswick County Association of REALTORS held their annual legislative breakfast, which was facilitated by BASE and featured Congressman David Rouzer. Congressman Rouzer gave updates on a number of specific national issues including tax reform and health care reform. Having recently returned from a trip to the border in Texas,

BREAKING: US House passes bill to stop Waters of the US rulemaking

Yesterday, the US House of Representatives voted 261-155 in FAVOR of HR1732 Regulatory Integrity Protection Act. This bill, co-sponsored by Rep. David Rouzer, forces the EPA to scrap their proposed rule change to the definition of the “Waters of the U.S.” and requires they engage stakeholders and local leaders before submitting a new rule change.

President Obama Issues Executive Order on Floodplain Development

In addition to the sea level rise work underway at the state level in North Carolina, the federal government is also wading into the issue with President Obama’s recent Executive Order 13690 (EO), creating a Federal Flood Risk Management Standard (FFRMS) for federally-funded or federally-approved projects that will expand the definition of “floodplain” and will

Update: Waters of the United States Rules Imminent?

As you’ll recall, in March 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) released a proposal to revise the rules that regulate the two agencies’ authority as described under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The rule would greatly expand their collective regulatory authority to dictate, regulate and limit land-use

Wilmington-Cape Fear Home Builders members meet with with Congressman David Rouzer

  Special thanks to Congressman David Rouzer for meeting with members of the Wilmington-Cape Fear Home Builders Association this morning at his office in Wilmington. Members discussed a number of federal issues as part of NAHB’s 2015 Legislative Conference.  

Congressional hearing: Impacts of the Proposed Waters of the United States Rule on State and Local Governments

This morning at 10 AM is a joint hearing of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. You can watch online at the link below.   Panel I  The Honorable Gina McCarthy, Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency The Honorable Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army,


Before adjourning sine die in December, Congress finally took action on tax extensions. The “Mortgage Forgiveness Tax Relief Act” was included in the package approved by the U.S. House and Senate and was sent to the President’s desk for signature into law. As the session drew to a close, a last-gasp effort to extend the