Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted by an overwhelming 403-12 margin to approve the Unemployment Compensation Extension Act (H.R. 3548) that included, as an amendment, the extension and expansion of the Homebuyer Tax Credit. The bill already passed in the U.S. Senate yesterday, so now it will advance from Congress to the White House for President Obama’s signature. The Administration already has signaled its support of the Homebuyer Tax Credit amendment as well as the President’s intention to sign the bill into law.
Senator Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), the chief architect of the Homebuyer Tax Credit legislation, made a short speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate shortly before his colleagues voted 98-0 to pass the bill on November 4th. In his remarks, Sen. Isakson made a point of thanking a handful of key individuals who were critical to the success of this bipartisan effort: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.), Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.), his own lead staffer, Chris Cook, and Realogy’s CEO: Charlie Young.
“Lastly, but not least, I want to thank Mr. Richard Smith, a private citizen, a person in the housing industry who has dedicated countless hours in the last month to help educate people on the positive effects of what we are about to do and will take place,” said Isakson.