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  • MBA Advocacy Update

    Scheduling on Capitol Hill continues to be abbreviated due to the Jewish holidays. House and Senate negotiations on appropriations bills and funding the government continue, with the end of the fiscal year on September 30 looming.

  • MBA Advocacy Update

    MBA last week led a broad coalition of 29 groups in a letter calling on the Trump administration and Congress to complete the job of reforming the GSEs. The letter coincided with the 10-year anniversary of the GSEs being placed into conservatorship.

  • MBA Advocacy Update

    Last week, Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Mike Rounds, R-S.D. introduced the Self-Employed Mortgage Access Act, which addresses challenges presented in documenting the ability to repay for borrowers with non-traditional forms of income.

  • MBA Advocacy Update

    The Senate Banking Committee approved six nominations last week, including Kathy Kraninger to serve as Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director and Michael Bright to serve as Ginnie Mae President.

  • MBA Advocacy Update

    The House is in recess through Labor Day, while the Senate will be back in session on August 15, when judicial nominations and spending bills will be on the agenda.

  • MBA Advocacy Update

    Last week, the Senate passed and the President signed a four-month extension of the National Flood Insurance Program, hours before a July 31 expiration. The Senate also passed a package of appropriations bills impacting funding for HUD and the FHA.

  • MBA Advocacy Update

    The House last week passed a four-month extension to the National Flood Insurance Program. Also last week, the Senate Banking Committee held a hearing on nominations of Michael Bright to be President of Ginnie Mae and Rae Oliver to be Inspector General of HUD.

  • MBA Advocacy Update

    On Thursday, the Senate Banking Committee held a sometimes contentious hearing on the nomination of the Office of Management & Budget's Kathy Kraninger to be permanent Director of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau).

  • MBA Advocacy Update

    Last week, MBA joined representatives of several member companies to meet with Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection leadership to discuss the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act.

  • MBA Advocacy Update

    Congress was in recess last week, but returns this week, with the Senate likely to begin its collective reaction to President Trump's next Supreme Court nominee.

  • MBA Advocacy Update

    This past week, HUD Secretary Ben Carson testified before the House Financial Services Committee regarding oversight of the agency. In the Senate, a six-month extension of the National Flood Insurance Program was included in the recently-passed version of a bipartisan farm bill.

  • MBA Advocacy Update

    Last week, the White House released a proposal to reform the government-sponsored enterprises that mirrors many of the principles in MBA's secondary market reform plan. And the President announced nominated Kathy Kraninger, a White House budget official, as the next director of the Consumer Financia

  • MBA Advocacy Update

    Comptroller of the Currency Joseph Otting testified before the House Financial Services and Senate Banking Committees, respectively, in his first congressional testimony since taking office. And the Federal Housing Finance Agency proposed new capital requirements for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

  • MBA Advocacy Update

    On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced he is canceling the annual August recess to deal with the Senate's legislative backlog. And finally, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the FY 2019 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill.

  • MBA Advocacy Update

    Congress was in recess last week. This week, the House Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing on improving transparency and accountability at the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection.

  • MBA Advocacy Update

    The House passed, and President Trump signed into public law, S. 2155, the community lender regulatory relief package containing a number of MBA-supported provisions.

  • MBA Advocacy Update

    A consensus seems to be forming about how to reach a bipartisan agreement on terms of Senate floor debate for a vote on confirmation of FHA Commissioner nominee Brian Montgomery.

  • MBA Advocacy Update

    House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said last week the House will take up S. 2155, the community lender regulatory relief package that passed the Senate by a filibuster-proof 67 votes in March, as currently written and free from amendment.

  • MBA Advocacy Update

    The House and Senate were in recess and return this week. And, although the Federal Reserve held interest rates steady at its May meeting this past Wednesday, the Fed's Federal Open Market Committee did acknowledge inflationary pressure, which signals future interest rate hikes are coming.

  • MBA Advocacy Update

    MBA members from across the country came to Washington last week for the 2018 National Advocacy Conference to meet with elected officials and policymakers on behalf of the real estate finance industry.

  • MBA Advocacy Update

    Last week, House Financial Services Committee members Reps. Sean Duffy, R-Wis.--who chairs the panel's Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance--and Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo., introduced the GUIDE Compliance Act (H.R. 5534) to address the need for clear, authoritative guidance from the Consumer Financial

  • MBA Advocacy Update

    House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., announced on Wednesday that he will retire at the end of this term, thereby setting up a GOP leadership race ahead of a set of already challenging midterm elections. House Financial Services Committee member and deputy whip Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Fla., also announced hi

  • MBA Advocacy Update

    The House and Senate return to Washington today, Monday, April 9. Last week the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released its semi-annual report, the first by Acting Director Mick Mulvaney.

  • MBA Advocacy Update

    Last week, the Federal Housing Finance Agency confirmed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will begin issuing uniform mortgage-backed securities in 2019. And MBA sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin detailing the association's principles for financial technology (FinTech) regulation.

  • MBA Advocacy Update

    Congress last week approved a $1.3 trillion spending bill before going into recess for the next two weeks, with President Trump grudgingly signing the bill into law Friday after a tweeted veto threat.

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