WASHINGTON, DC — Two key industry trade associations have urged Congressional lawmakers to support pending legislation aimed at addressing systemic supply chain and port disruption issues for lumber, plumbing supplies and other materials used in new residential construction and remodeling.
Officials from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) recently issued separate pleas to members of the House of Representatives in support of legislation that the associations say will help counter ongoing supply chain challenges facing the nation’s importers and exporters that are having a significant effect on the building material supply chain.
NAHB officials announced that they sent a letter to House of Representatives lawmakers supporting H.R. 4996, the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2021, proposed legislation designed to move ships into and out of ports faster and address barriers to trade and challenges associated with moving goods to their final destination. Once approved by the House, the proposed legislation would need to be approved by the Senate and signed into law by President Biden.
“We believe the reforms included in OSRA21 will help address longstanding, systemic supply chain and port disruption issues which have been further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic,” the NAHB letter to lawmakers stated. “These badly needed improvements will go a long way toward ensuring that needed building materials reach job sites across the country in a timely manner and as cost-effectively as possible.”
“From record high lumber prices to severe shortages of myriad building materials, the result has been lengthy construction delays or postponement of projects, along with dramatic price increases,” the association told U.S. lawmakers. “Until we address the underlying causes of the crisis, millions of households are denied the American dream of homeownership.”
In the meantime, PMI officials applauded recent House passage of the America COMPETES Act, pledging that PMI “will continue to advocate strongly for these measures” as a House-Senate conference negotiates the differences between the House bill and the Senate’s United States Innovation and Competition Act.
“PMI has advocated for (this legislation) because it will help the plumbing manufacturing industry assure safe and reliable plumbing systems to strengthen water quality and water efficiency, protect shoppers from counterfeit or stolen merchandise, and make supply chains involving ocean shipping more efficient,” said PMI Executive Director Kerry Stackpole.