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Congressmen Agree White House Has Not Made GSE Reform a Priority

Appearing as panelists in a discussion at the Bipartisan Policy Center this week titled "Housing Finance Reform: A Status Report," U.S. Congressmen Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas) and John Delaney (D-Maryland) both agreed a major reason why such reform has not happened is because the White House has not made it a top priority.

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New York Fed Says Path for GSE Reform ‘Does Not Look Promising’

With GSE reform a hot topic among government officials and those in the housing industry, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York has issued a report stating that the "path forward for reform of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac does not look promising" and that failure to wind down the GSEs equated to a "colossal missed opportunity" to put U.S. residential housing finance on more stable footing.

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Senate Banking Committee Chairman Says GSE Reform is Unlikely

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac required a combined taxpayer bailout of $188 billion in 2008 after the government seized control of them. The two GSEs returned to profitability in 2012. The future of the two GSEs has been a hotly contested topic in Washington as well as in the rest of the housing industry. Both parties appear to want to wind down the FHFA's conservatorship of the two, but cannot agree on what, if anything, should replace them as well as what role the government should play in housing, if any.

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Obama to Speak About Housing on Thursday in Phoenix

President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak about the U.S. housing market at Central High School in Phoenix, Arizona, according to multiple reports. Neither the president nor the White House has publicly announced exactly what he will speak about with regards to the housing market on Thursday.

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With Recent Republican Victories, Is GSE Reform Possible?

Now that the Republicans will have a majority in both the House and the Senate and a Republican-led Senate Banking Committee in January, it has been widely speculated that GSE reform will be near the top of their to-do list. Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) will become the new chair of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee in January. He previously served as the committee chair from 2003 to 2007 and is a longtime proponent of reforming the conservatorship model.

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GSE Reform Not Expected In the Near Term

The Kroll Bond Rating Agency recently released a study saying it does not believe there will not be any GSE reform for the housing finance market until at least 2016 and that lenders and investors should operate as if they do not expect such reform to happen for many years.

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Fannie/Freddie Reform Bill Stalls in Senate

A recently unveiled plan to phase out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and overhaul the secondary mortgage market may have hit a snag in the Senate. Six key senators reportedly decided not to give their support to the bill unless they’re able to make major changes during markup.

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