House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-TX, last week pushed through committee his bill to replace Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac with a new securitization utility without any government backing, but opponents of the bill warn that the measure will have a much tougher time getting votes on the House floor. The Protecting American Taxpayers and Homeowners Act, H.R. 2767, was approved by a 30-27 margin with all the committees Democrats and even two Republicans voting against it. Before last weeks 10-hour bill markup, House Democrats released their principles for housing finance reform. In addition to preserving the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, Dems aim to establish a system with an explicit government guaranty paid for by the private sector and maintain regulations that the House GOP wants to eliminate.