Sunday, August 1, 2010


The secondary market lobbying group, the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), warns that the government can’t completely pull out of the mortgage market without sending costs skyrocketing for consumers. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-California), ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, called the president’s signing of the Dodd-Frank bill a “charade” on true reform, particularly in light of Issa’s recent investigation that revealed former executives at both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac accepted so-called sweetheart loans from subprime mortgage lender Countrywide before it imploded.

“Despite the fact that the federal government was a willing accomplice in this nexus of special interest influence’s effort to shape the mortgage market jeopardizing our fiscal solvency, the President and Democratic Congress have responded to repeated calls to reform Fannie and Freddie with a deafening silence,” Rep. Issa said.