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Federal Housing Finance Reform Act Of 2007

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

FEDERAL HOUSING FINANCE REFORM ACT OF 2007 -- (House of Representatives - May 17, 2007)


Mr. WATT. Mr. Chairman, I thank the chairman of the committee for yielding time.

I rise in support of the bill. The bill deserves our support for two important reasons. First of all, it establishes a strong regulator in an area that has cried out for greater regulation, and I think we understand that looking back on what has happened at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac over the last several years.

Second of all, the bill establishes a trust fund that is very similar to the housing trust fund for which over 200 of the Republicans voted last year. So I really am surprised to find that this year all of the sudden there is all of this opposition to the trust fund.

So I want to spend a minute talking about the trust fund. First of all, it is a housing trust fund, and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are designed to incentivize more housing for middle income and low income people. So it's absolutely consistent with the purposes for which they were founded.

Second, the ranking member of our committee made it sound like this is going to increase the cost of housing for middle income people and low income people. In fact, what we need to focus on is that this money will either go to the stockholders of Fannie and Freddie or it will go to the purpose for which Fannie and Freddie was originally formed.

So this is not a choice between raising taxes or not. This is fulfilling the purpose of these two entities.


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