Sen. Crapo Speaks on Potential GSE Reform, Analysts Weigh in
February 24, 2017
Sen. Mike Crapo, R-ID, newly elected chair of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, said reforming Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would likely happen in 2018, but he’s concerned about the divisiveness on Capitol Hill. During remarks at the Mid-Size Bank Coalition of America meeting last week, the senator echoed Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin’s comments and said that a housing reform bill would be a “high priority” and he doesn’t expect the administration to take unilateral action. Crapo said the atmosphere on Capitol Hill is more toxic than he’s ever seen, with constant pushback over President Trump’s election win. Analysts noted that this is the ultimate risk to housing finance reform, as bipartisan support is needed.