December 22, 2017 —
Granger MacDonald, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas, issued the following statement regarding the Department of the Interior’s reversal of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA):
“NAHB is pleased to see that the Department of the Interior’s Principal Deputy Solicitor reversed a controversial Obama administration decision to subject private landowners, including home builders, to federal prosecution under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
It made no sense to hold landowners responsible for the lives of more than 1,000 different species of birds protected under the act and make them risk significant fines or even criminal prosecution if, during the course of normal business operations including building a home, a bird was accidentally injured or killed.
The decision today demonstrates the Trump administration’s commitment to a common-sense regulation. NAHB views today’s action by Department of the Interior as providing small businesses like home builders with the regulatory clarity and certainty small businesses need from the federal government.”
ABOUT NAHB: The National Association of Home Builders is a Washington-based trade association representing more than 140,000 members involved in home building, remodeling, multifamily construction, property management, subcontracting, design, housing finance, building product manufacturing and other aspects of residential and light commercial construction. NAHB is affiliated with 700 state and local home builders associations around the country. NAHB’s builder members will construct about 80 percent of the new housing units projected for this year.