Hensarling Open to Bipartisan Negotiations on GSE Reform
December 15, 2017
Resolving the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac conservatorship dilemma got a significant boost last week when House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-TX, said he’s open to negotiations on housing-finance reform. During a speech at a National Association of Realtors conference, Hensarling expressed support for a bipartisan approach while outlining his beliefs for a sustained housing-finance reform plan. This represents the first time that the lawmaker publicly said he’s ready to make a deal when it comes to reform. And that includes changing his tune on opposing any type of government guarantee for mortgage-backed securities backed by conventional home loans.