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Financial Services Committee

Hensarling Criticizes Fannie Mae Bailout Request

House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) released the following statement harshly criticizing Fannie Mae’s request for bailout funds from Treasury and calling on FHFA Director Mel Watt to stand by his word and immediately suspend payments to the Housing Trust Fund.
Natural Resources

Streamlining Federal Permitting Key to Safe, Reliable Water Infrastructure

The Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans held an oversight hearing on the state of the nation’s water and power infrastructure. The Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans held an oversight hearing on the state of the nation’s water and power infrastructure. “Water infrastructure is perhaps the most important, yet overlooked, form of infrastructure in our nation,” District Manager of Kennewick Irrigation District Charles Freeman stated.
EPA

Administrator Pruitt Participates in White House Infrastructure Initiative Roundtable

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt participated in the White House Infrastructure Initiative Roundtable alongside President Donald Trump, other members of the Cabinet and state and local officials from around the country.
Speaker Paul Ryan

Statement on Infrastructure and the President’s Budget Request

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) today issued the following statement regarding the release of the Trump administration’s budget request for Fiscal Year 2019: “This budget lays out a thoughtful, detailed, and responsible blueprint for achieving our shared agenda.

Wyden Statement on Trump Infrastructure Plan

Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today released the following statement regarding the president’s infrastructure plan: “This is another broken promise to rebuild America’s aging infrastructure. They ignored bipartisan proposals like the one I have with Sen. John Hoeven to responsibly expand infrastructure investment.

BLM TO HOST PUBLIC SCOPING MEETINGS TO CONSIDER CHANGES TO DESERT RENEWABLE ENERGY CONSERVATION...

The Bureau of Land Management will host eight public scoping meetings in the process to consider amending three land use plans that underlie the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan. The BLM invites members of the public to attend meetings at the following dates and locations

Wyden Requests Financial Records Related to Dmitry Rybolovlev and Purchase of Trump Palm Beach...

Finance Committee Ranking Member Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today requested from the Treasury Department any records involving Russian oligarch Dmitry Rybolovlev and his $95 million purchase of Donald Trump’s Palm Beach estate.

CONGRESSMAN CLYBURN TO PARTICIPATE IN GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY OF THE DORCHESTER REACH OF THE LAKE...

Congressman Clyburn will participate in the groundbreaking ceremony of the Dorchester Reach of the Lake Marion Regional Water System.  He will be joined by officials from the Lake Marion Regional Water Agency, Dorchester County, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Santee Cooper.

Wyden Secures Priorities for Seniors, Kids, Clean Energy

Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today cheered the inclusion of several Finance Committee policies he championed as a part of the recently announced budget deal. These include the CHRONIC Care Act, the Family First Act, a further extension of funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for four additional years, and critical extenders in the Medicare, Medicaid, health and human services, and tax spaces, including five years of funding for advanced technology tax credits and home visiting programs
Energy and Natural Resources Committee

Cantwell To Congress: We Must Meet Consumer Demand For Modern Energy Infrastructure

Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) called for greater investments for modernizing energy infrastructure to help lower rates for consumers and create the good paying jobs of the future
Financial Services Committee

Bipartisan Bill Provides Relief to Small Banks

On Thursday, the House voted 280-131 to pass H.R. 1153, the Mortgage Choice Act of 2017. This bipartisan legislation, which was sponsored by Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI), would preserve consumer choice and help more Americans – especially those with low- and moderate-incomes and first time homebuyers – achieve the dream of homeownership
Financial Services Committee

House Passes Mortgage Choice Act

On Thursday, the House voted 280-131 to pass H.R. 1153, the Mortgage Choice Act of 2017. This bipartisan legislation, which was sponsored by Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI), would preserve consumer choice and help more Americans – especially those with low- and moderate-incomes and first time homebuyers – achieve the dream of homeownership.
Natural Resources

House Passes Bipartisan Bill to Increase Transparency of Utility Rates for American Taxpayers

The House passed H.R. 2371, the “Western Area Power Administration Transparency Act.” Introduced by Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources Chairman Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), the bill establishes a pilot project to increase the transparency of the Western Area Power Administration’s (WAPA) costs, rates, and other financial and operational dealings for utility ratepayers and taxpayers.
Ginnie Mae

Ginnie Mae Notifies Select Market Participants to Take Corrective Action to Control ‘Churning’

Ginnie Mae continues to take steps to address churning in its mortgage-backed security (MBS) program. These efforts are designed to keep mortgage rates affordable for veterans and first-time home buyers, in addition to preserving the liquidity of the security around the globe.
NREL

NREL Taps Young to Oversee Geothermal Energy Program

Young has been with NREL since 2008, working as a senior geothermal analyst and engineer in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center. In her new role, Young will work closely with NREL management to establish the lab’s geothermal energy portfolio, including research and development geared toward advancing the use of geothermal energy as a renewable power source. She also will guide discussions with the Department of Energy’s Geothermal Technologies Office to reduce the cost of developing geothermal energy.

Business Real Estate Press Releases

Kamran Charmsaz

Kamran Charmsaz Becomes Shareholder of KTGY Architecture + Planning

International award-winning firm KTGY Architecture + Planning is pleased to announce the addition of Kamran Charmsaz, CSI, CCCA, LEED AP, as a shareholder. Charmsaz, formerly an associate principal with KTGY, was also named a principal. Charmsaz is based in the firm’s Tysons, Virginia office and joins other KTGY Tysons shareholders: Rohit Anand, AIA, NCARB, principal; and Smita Anand, AIA, principal

Recent Gov & Nonprofit Real Estate Press Releases

SEIA

New Bill Aims to Give Calif. Businesses, Schools and Nonprofits More...

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) commended legislation filed in the California Legislature on Friday that would make it easier for businesses, schools, nonprofits and municipalities to access solar energy. In turn, this will help generate thousands of new jobs and millions of dollars of investment in the state.