Housing

House Financial Svcs. Cmte. Adopts Eight Bills

Update 359 —  House Financial Svcs. Cmte. Adopts Eight Bills; Focus on Housing Reform This week, the House Financial Services Committee marked up eight bills, including five housing proposals.  Chair Waters has put housing front-and-center in her legislative agenda, with a particular focus on a ‘housing trilogy’ in the areas of affordability, discrimination, and homelessness. …

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Here Comes a Housing Pitch

Update 358 — Here Comes a Housing Pitch: Can Mitch Afford to Swing and Miss? The major piece of unfinished business from the financial crisis of 2008 is housing finance and housing policy generally.  The GSEs, under conservatorship since then, and long-standing problems in housing finance and the underlying market have been awaiting comprehensive reform. …

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Fed Chair Powell Cites Concerns, Holds Rates in Place (February 28)

Update 334: Hitting Hill for Humphrey-Hawkins;Powell Cites Concerns, Holds Rates in Place This Tuesday and yesterday, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell appeared before Senate and House Committees to report, as the Fed Chair does semi-annually, on the state of the economy and monetary policy.  In his July 2018 testimony, Chairman Powell painted a picture of …

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Affordable Housing an Oxymoron? (January 30)

Affordable housing has increasingly become a contradiction, as many people are priced out of the property market or struggle with sky-high rents. The issue is a high priority item for House Financial Services Chair, Maxine Waters. Many new freshmen on the House Financial Services Committee have backgrounds in housing policy.   Yesterday, the Trump Administration …

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Maxine Takes Helm at House Financial Svcs. (November 30)

Update 315:  Rough Waters Ahead for Banks? Maxine Takes Helm at House Financial Svcs.   The gavel passing from retiring Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) to Rep. Maxine Waters (CA) at the House Financial Services Committee augurs one of the clearest sea changes in policy and style a U.S. House Committee will see in the 116th …

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If Charity Begins at Home (Apr. 27)

Update 267 — If Charity Begins at Home, Tell it to the Congressional Majority First This month marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Fair Housing Act’s signing.  That landmark Act authorized the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to limit discrimination in housing.  While HUD has helped millions of Americans find stable, affordable housing, …

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