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Credit Unions Testify at Senate Banking Hearing

The Senate Banking Committee was told by the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) of their opposition to mortgage reform that would eliminate the federal guarantee on mortgages through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and other GSEs (government-sponsored enterprises). The plan originally endorsed by the Obama administration would promote privitization of the secondary mortgage market, and the NAFCU fears the big banks who already compete with the smaller lenders for loan origination may dominate the secondary sector as well. The plan would also increase the fees Fannie and Freddie charge for mortgage guarantees, as well as eliminate the two lenders from business. NationalMortgageNews tells MHUProNews.com while the proposal does have strong Republican support, the White House and the Democrats are stepping back because of the impact resulting from a too-quick shutdown of the two GSEs, especially since they hold 90 percent of single-family mortgages.

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