“We didn’t pay for his team but we paid for him. That was the agreement when we talked to him,” [HBA executive director Renee] Zentz said. “We just wanted to get him here, we were just so excited to have him.”Politico also reports that builders have lauded the administration's efforts to roll back regulations on clean water and stormwater runoff.
The trip's headline event was a Pruitt speech to a local lunch gathering of about 150 people on Oct. 5, Zentz said. But in a stroke of good timing, board members from the National Association of Home Builders, a major lobbying group, were meeting in nearby Santa Fe, N.M., and flew up for the event. NAHB President Jerry Howard hustled in from Washington to moderate Pruitt’s remarks.
The group's invitation describes the event as "a rare opportunity to hear directly from the EPA administration" and "our chance to make sure the concerns of our industry are being listened to."
“It just was an awesome opportunity,” Zentz said. “It was a pretty big feather in our cap locally.”