Volume 2014 - Number 11
March 20, 2014
Johnson-Crapo GSE Reform Bill Would Wind Down, Replace Fannie, Freddie in Five Years Give or Take
The top Democrat and Republican of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee this week delivered their long-awaited mortgage reform bill which aims to put Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac out of business within a half-decade window, but with a couple potential leases on the lives of the two government-sponsored enterprises. In a rare Sunday filing, the legislation authored by Senate Banking Chairman Tim Johnson, D-SD, and Ranking Member Mike Crapo, R-ID, would set up a powerful new agency, the Federal Mortgage Insurance Corp., which could assume control of the GSEs within six months of enactment and begin writing new “catastrophic” mortgage-securities guaranties. Based on the bipartisan legislation introduced by Sens. Bob Corker, R-TN, and Mark Warner, D-VA last summer, the new bill adds...
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