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Report: Senator Drafting Proposal to Reform Federal Reserve

Senator Jack Reed (D-Rhode Island) has reportedly included in the draft of the legislation a provision that would make the appointment of the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York subject to Senate approval. Currently, the president of each of the 12 regional Federal Reserve Banks is selected by a search committee and subject to approval of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.

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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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Risk Retention Rule Nearing Completion

Federal Reserve governor Daniel Tarullo echoed Gruenberg's statement, though he was less concrete on a timeline: "I don't know whether I'd say by the end of the year, but I think we're definitely in the home stretch." As it was proposed in 2011, the rule originally called for securities issuers to hold on to 5 percent of a mortgage's risk after selling it unless the borrower made a 20 percent down payment.

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Castro Begins HUD Confirmation Hearings

Appearing before the Senate Banking Committee for his nomination hearing, Julian Castro, whose work in San Antonio includes an initiative to spark private investment for the production of thousands of additional housing units in the city in 2014 alone, opened his testimony with reassurances that his leadership would have HUD focusing on "outcomes, not only inputs."

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