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Representatives Introduce Bill to Classify Muni Bonds as High-Quality Liquid Assets

Earlier this week, Representative Luke Messer (R-IN) introduced the Municipal Finance Support Act of 2017 (H.R. 1624). The legislation would allow large banks to count some of their municipal bond investments, including tax-exempt housing bonds, as high-quality liquid assets under federal bank liquidity standards.

FHFA Delays Implementation of GSE Single Security and Platform

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) earlier today released a report providing an update on its efforts to develop a common structure and Common Securitization Platform (CSP) for mortgage-backed securities (MBS) guaranteed and sold by the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. FHFA is developing the common security and trading infrastructure to facilitate more efficient trading of GSE MBSs and to eliminate pricing disparities between Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac MBSs.

Representatives Tiberi and Neal Introduce Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act

Late yesterday, senior Ways and Means Committee member Pat Tiberi (R-OH) and Committee Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-MA) introduced the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act of 2017, H.R. 1661. The bill is companion legislation to the bill Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) introduced earlier this month.

IRS Publishes MRB Purchase Price Limits and Safe Harbors for 2017

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) last week released Revenue Procedure 2017-27, which establishes the nationwide average purchase price limits and average area purchase price safe harbors for the Mortgage Revenue Bond (MRB) and Mortgage Credit Certificate (MCC) programs.

Trump Administration Releases FY 2018 Budget Blueprint with Deep Cuts to HUD and Elimination of HOME

The Administration sent Congress this morning its Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget blueprint, “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again,” proposing deep cuts to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and other federal agencies, with the exception of the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, and Veterans Affairs, which would see funding increases.

Leaked Internal HUD Budget Document Proposes $6 Billion Cut in FY 2018

Earlier today, various news sources, including the Washington Post and The Hill, published troubling reports about leaked documents indicating that the Trump Administration is considering more than $6 billion in cuts to HUD programs in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. According to these reports, the Administration may propose the elimination of several HUD programs, including HOME.

Senators Cantwell and Hatch Introduce Legislation to Enhance and Strengthen the Housing Credit

On March 7, Senate Finance Committee member Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) introduced the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act of 2017, S. 548.

NCSHA Applauds Senators Cantwell and Hatch on Release of Housing Credit Expansion Legislation

NCSHA congratulates Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) on the introduction of the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act of 2017, S. 548.

GAO Releases Report on the Role of Syndicators in the Housing Credit Program

Yesterday, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released the third in a series of four reports on the Low Income Housing Tax Credit, Low Income Housing Tax Credit: The Role of Syndicators. The report is descriptive in nature, providing information on the characteristics of syndicators, their activity in the market between 2005 and 2014, the role they play in the industry, and factors that influence their use. The report does not include any recommendations for action.

Senate Confirms Dr. Ben Carson Nomination as HUD Secretary

Earlier this morning, the U.S. Senate confirmed Dr. Ben Carson’s nomination to be Secretary of HUD by a vote of 58 to 41. The Senate Banking Committee on January 24 voted unanimously to favorably report Carson’s nomination to the Senate.

NCSHA Welcomes Dr. Ben Carson as HUD Secretary

NCSHA congratulates Dr. Ben Carson on his confirmation as Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Statement from NCSHA Executive Director Barbara Thompson

NCSHA commends the Public Broadcasting Service’s (PBS) Frontline for attempting in its May 9 broadcast to shine light on the affordable rental housing crisis and our country’s response.