Comment Letters

USMI Statement on Luetkemeyer – McHenry Letter to FHFA Director Watt

December 2, 2015

(December 2, 2015) “Today, Representatives Blaine Luetkemeyer and Patrick McHenry sent a letter to Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Watt ‘regarding the transactions that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) enter in order to share mortgage credit risk with private market participants.’ According to the letter, ‘[w]hile we strongly support these transactions as a mechanism for mitigating credit risk to the Enterprises and U.S. taxpayers, we are concerned that the focus for these transactions has been too heavily concentrated on back-end credit risk sharing. Accordingly, in order to expand the scope of risk sharing and to avoid favoring one approach to risk sharing over another, we believe that the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) should require the Enterprises to also explore and engage in diverse forms of front-end credit risk sharing.’

USMI Joins Coalition on Highway Bill Funding

November 10, 2015

(November 10, 2015) In a letter to conferees on the pending highway bill, USMI joined a broad coalition of 27 housing organizations in urging conferees to draw funds from the Federal Reserve’s surplus, rather than using GSE G-fees, to pay for the extension of the Highway Trust Fund.

OPPOSITION BUILDS AGAINST USING MORTGAGE G-FEES TO FUND HIGHWAY BILL

September 17, 2015

(September 17, 2015) This week, in a joint letter to the bipartisan Congressional leadership, USMI and a diverse coalition of thirty-two housing organizations reiterated their opposition to using the mortgage credit risk guarantee fees (g-fees) charged by the housing finance enterprises, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, as a source to finance extension of federal highway programs.

USMI Joins Broad Coalition Opposing Use of G-Fees To Fund Highway Bill

July 23, 2015

(July 23, 2015) This week, USMI joined a broad coalition of nine other housing groups to send a letter to Senate leadership opposing the use of the credit risk guarantee fees (g-fees) charged by the housing finance enterprises, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, as a source of funding for the extension of federal transportation programs…

Bipartisan Senators Urge Release of Plan for Transferring Credit Risk to Private Sector

June 10, 2015

(June 10, 2015) A group of Senate Banking Committee members sent a letter today to FHFA urging them to expand and better define the development of the credit risk transfer programs at the GSEs.   The letter and press release … Continued

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