Talking Points: Addressing the Supply Chain Crisis

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Contact: Alex Strong
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Members and HBAs can use these talking points in their outreach with policymakers and local media to help communicate the urgent need to act on lumber volatility and supply chain issues.

  • Resolving lumber and other building material supply chain bottlenecks is the top priority for the home building industry and we have taken our concerns to the highest levels of government.
  • NAHB Chairman Chuck Fowke recently testified before Congress on how widespread disruptions in the building materials supply chain are hindering housing affordability and the broader economy.
  • NAHB is calling on the Biden administration and Congress to take immediate action by:
  • Temporarily removing tariffs on Canadian lumber and other imported building materials, including steel and aluminum from China;
  • Alleviating bottlenecks at seaports that are preventing goods and materials from getting to market; and
  • Seeking solutions to persistent delays in truck and rail transportation to ease mass shortages that are putting upward pressure on material and home prices.
  • Since the early days of the Biden administration, NAHB has been actively engaged with the White House on this issue. This ongoing dialogue culminated with a White House building materials summit in July 2021 that was organized by NAHB.
  • And while lumber prices have fallen sharply since peaking in mid-May, prices have been moving upward in recent weeks.
  • The price hikes are not limited to just lumber: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Producer Price Index, the average price of goods used as inputs to residential construction has risen three times faster than the rate of core inflation throughout 2021.
  • From steel mill products and plastic piping to copper pipe and wood windows and doors, prices are up dramatically year-to-date and are exacerbating the growing housing affordability crisis.
  • Small home building firms are particularly threatened by the current situation.
  • The home building industry will continue to call on the administration and Congress to make it a priority to address lumber and building material issues that are contributing to price volatility and harming housing affordability.
  • To learn more about the industry's response to this crisis, visit nahb.org/supplychain.
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