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GSEs’ Duty to Serve Plans Include Proposals to Work with HFAs; Potential Housing Credit Investments

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) earlier today released Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s proposed Underserved Market Plans (the Plans). The purpose of these plans is for each firm to explain how it intends to carry out its duties as outlined by FHFA’s Enterprise Duty to Serve rule.

House Financial Services Committee Advances Dodd-Frank Reform Bill

The House Financial Services Committee yesterday favorably reported the Financial Choice Act (The CHOICE Act, H.R. 10), which would repeal and replace a number of provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act. The bill includes several provisions that could impact the rules governing HFA lending programs and ways of financing them.

Congress Passes FY 2017 Spending Omnibus

Both the House and Senate, on May 3 and May 4, respectively, passed the FY 2017 omnibus spending package funding government agencies, including the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), for the remainder of FY 2017, which ends September 30. The President is expected to sign the measure today.

Senate Confirms Jay Clayton for SEC Commissioner

The U.S. Senate on May 2 confirmed Jay Clayton’s nomination to chair the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) by a vote of 61-37. Clayton was previously a partner at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, an international law firm. Clayton was sworn in as SEC Chair yesterday.

Trump Nominates Pam Patenaude for Deputy HUD Secretary

The White House announced today that President Donald Trump intends to nominate Pamela Patenaude to serve as Deputy Secretary for Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Patenaude is currently president of the J. Ronald Terwilliger Foundation for America’s Families, an organization that seeks to elevate housing’s place on the political agenda.

Administration Releases Tax Plan Outline

The Trump Administration released April 26 a one-page outline of tax reform principles and objectives it intends to pursue this year. The document calls for reductions in individual and corporate tax rates to be paid for, at least in part, by economic growth the Administration estimates the proposed changes will create and by eliminating tax deductions and other tax "breaks."

Mortgage Bankers Association Releases GSE Reform Proposal

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) last week released a white paper detailing its recommended approach to reforming the Government-Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and the housing finance system. The paper was developed by MBA’s Taskforce for a Future Secondary Market.

Financial Services Committee Chair Introduces Draft Financial Regulatory Reform Bill

House Financial Services Committee Chair Jeb Hensalring (R-TX) released on April 19 a discussion draft of comprehensive financial regulatory reform legislation he intends to introduce soon. The Committee has scheduled a hearing on this legislation, titled the CHOICE Act, for April 26 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time. Hensarling introduced similar legislation last Congress.

New Hensarling CHOICE Act to Include Further Changes to CFPB, FHFA

House Financial Services Committee Chair Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) earlier this week released a chart outlining several new provisions he intends to include in comprehensive financial reform legislation (The CHOICE Act) that he plans to introduce by the end of the month. The chart highlights areas of the new bill that will differ from similar legislation Hensarling introduced last Congress.

HUD Releases Housing Credit Tenant Data Report

On April 12, HUD published Understanding Whom the LIHTC Program Serves: Data on Tenants in LIHTC Units as of December 31, 2014, providing demographic and economic data about Housing Credit tenants, including race, ethnicity, family composition, age, income, use of rental assistance, disability status, and monthly rent burden of tenants.

Bills to Regulate PACE Loans Introduced in House and Senate

Lawmakers in both chambers of Congress Wednesday introduced companion bills that would subject Property Assessed Clean Energy loans (PACE loans) to federal mortgage regulations.

Bill to Classify Muni Bonds as High-Quality Liquid Assets Introduced in the Senate

Earlier today, Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Mike Rounds (R-SD) introduced legislation that would allow large banks to count some of their municipal bond investments, including tax-exempt housing bonds, as high-quality liquid assets (HQLAs) under federal bank liquidity standards. The legislation, which has not yet been assigned a bill number, is expected to be referred to the Senate Banking Committee.