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Trump's Tariffs Boost Rebuilding Costs for Wildfire Victims

President Donald Trump has been imposing tariffs on a range of goods from countries that he says were not treating the U.S. fairly

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    Holy Fire Continues to Ravage Southern California

    A compilation of the most captivating photos and videos posted to social media from the Holy Fire, which is burning thousands of acres southeast of Los Angeles. (Published Friday, Aug. 10, 2018)

    The import tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump are boosting the cost of building a home by thousands of dollars, and that's adding to the challenges of people trying to rebuild from California's wildfire and other disasters.

    The CEO of the California Building Industry Association said tariffs on imported lumber and other construction materials could increase the cost of building a typical home by $20,000.

    Other factors also are at work, such as a shortage of construction workers. But the tariffs are entirely the result of a government policy change.

    Trump has been imposing tariffs on a range of goods from countries that he says were not treating the U.S. fairly.

    House GOP Leadership Defends Trump's Tweets: 'No,' Not Racist

    [NATL] House GOP Leadership Defends Trump's Tweets: 'No,' Not Racist

    Republican leaders in the House responded Tuesday to the outcry over President Donald Trump's tweets during a weekly news conference to address the media. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said he didn't believe Trump's comments about four Democratic congresswomen of color were racist and Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., claimed GOP opposition to Democrats is based on policies and not "race or gender or religion."

    (Published Tuesday, July 16, 2019)

    Rising construction prices hit hardest on people who are seeking to rebuild but whose homeowners insurance policies have caps that are too low to cover the entire cost.