The Future of the GSEs Brighten. The Reason: Donald Trump
November 11, 2016
With Republicans poised to have control of the White House and Congress early next year there were initially concerns that the incoming Trump administration might ponder the unthinkable: killing the government guarantee on mortgage-backed securities and eventually dismantling Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. After all, many elected GOP officials blame the two GSEs for the housing crisis (a notion not universally shared, by any means) and would like to eliminate them. The fear was that the vehicle for GSE euthanasia might very well turn out to be a rewrite of Rep. Jeb Hensarling’s (R-TX) “The Protecting American Taxpayers and Homeowners Act” or PATH legislation. Hensarling is also chairman of the House Financial Services Committee.