Builders Warn Congress WOTUS Rule Will Raise Housing Costs

Congress received a first-hand account of how the Biden administration’s new waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule is exacerbating the nation’s housing affordability crisis.

Congress received a first-hand account of how the Biden administration’s new waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule is exacerbating the nation’s housing affordability crisis by making home building more inefficient and costly, while simultaneously failing to significantly improve the water quality of navigable waters since much of the rule improperly encompasses isolated and ephemeral water features.

Testifying on behalf of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) before the House Small Business Committee, Frank Murphy, chief operating officer at Wynne/Jackson, a small real estate development firm in Dallas, said the new WOTUS rule will needlessly raise housing costs for home builders and buyers.

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