Stabilizing the housing market and reforming Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are two of the great challenges confronting U.S. policymakers.
Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) has a plan for what he believes will kill two birds with one stone.
Late last year, Sen. Corker introduced a bill, The Residential Mortgage Market Privatization and Standardization Act, designed to "unwind" Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac -- effectively ending the housing market's reliance on government guarantees.
"Three years after the bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, we are no closer to transitioning them off government life support than we were the day in 2008 when they came under direct government control," Sen. Corker wrote in a Washington Post op-ed last year. "This is unacceptable."
In a nutshell, his plan calls for lowering Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac guarantees on mortgage-backed securities by 10% per year for 10 years.
At the Milken Institute Global Conference in LA, Corker tells me his proposal is a starting point but that he's having a very hard time finding anyone on the other side of the aisle to negotiate with; six months after it was introduced there has yet to be a hearing on his bill.Read More »from Sen. Corker’s Plan For Fannie And Freddie: “Reform ‘Em Out Of Business”