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Senator Bob Menendez Wants Answers From FHFA Director Watt


Menendez, Ranking Member of the Senate Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development, cited preliminary findings in the FHFA’s annual housing report. The Senator noted that Freddie Mac had failed to meet its single-family low- and very low-income home purchase goals last year and asked Watt what the agency is going to do to make corrections in these two areas.

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Lawmakers Aggressively Push GSE Reform Act


The amendment to H.R. 2577, known as the Jumpstart GSE Reform Act, was introduced by Corker, Warner, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts), and Senator David Vitter (R-Louisiana) in September and offered on Thursday by Corker and Warner as an amendment to H.R. 2577. The Jumpstart GSE Reform Act prohibits the sale of Treasury-owned preferred shares in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac without approval from Congress, and also prohibits increases in guarantee fees charged by the GSEs from offsetting non-housing related government spending.

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Fed Chairman Yellen Urges Congress to Reject Fed Reform Bill


H.R. 3189, known as the Fed Oversight Reform and Modernization (FORM) Act, is scheduled for a full House vote this week after passing in the House Financial Services Committee by a 33-25 vote on July 29. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-Michigan), who is the House Monetary Policy and Trade Subcommittee Chairman.

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Will the FHA MMI Fund’s Sudden Spike be Enough to Silence Critics?


When FHA announced it was lowering its mortgage insurance premiums in January by 50 basis points down to 0.85 percent, the move drew intense criticism from Republican lawmakers who accused the agency of cutting off a revenue stream while the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund capital ratio sat at 0.41 percent, less than one-quarter of the 2 percent threshold required by Congress.

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