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Looking for Bipartisan Solutions

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As the new members to the Congress settle in after the midterm elections, here’s how both parties can work together to solve the current challenges in the housing market.

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FHFA and Treasury Urge Panel Not to Modify Decision

In February, the D.C. Circuit panel gave the U.S. Department of the Treasury and Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) a win over the allocation of profits from Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae to the Treasury. This affirmed a lower court’s ruling that actions taken under the FHFA’s conservatorship of the GSEs cannot be challenged in court, however Fannie and Freddie shareholders sued the two for agreeing to the deal. Now, the FHFA and Treasury are urging the D.C. Circuit not to modify its ruling.

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Freddie Mac Sees Decline, Pays $2.2B to Treasury

According to the enterprise’s recent financial results, Freddie Mac posted a net income of $2.2 billion for Q1 and will pay as much in dividends to the U.S. Treasury. The income is lower than Q4 2016, as are the agency’s single-family revenues, purchase volumes, and mortgage-related investments. Freddie attributed these declines to largely steady interest rates and low market spreads.

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Mnuchin Supports Financial CHOICE Act

After the Financial Services Committee's hearing on the Financial CHOICE Act, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin expressed his approval of the act. The act was introduced during a hearing of the Committee by Commitee Chairman Jeb Hensarling on Wednesday as an alternative to the Dodd-Frank act. Financial CHOICE aims to end taxpayer-funded bailouts of big banks, impose tougher penalties for financial fraud and insider trading, and demand greater accountability from regulators.

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