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WASHINGTON, DC-In 2011, Congress and the Obama Administration are expected to tackle the issue of the GSEs. A recently-released report from the Congressional Budget Office provides reasons for both left- and ring-wing politicians to consider alternatives from Fannie Mae’s and Freddie Mac’s current structure by debunking two assumptions. One is the belief that the GSEs have, at net, aided the availability and cost of affordable housing. The other is that they have not displaced private mortgage origination activities. Not so in either scenario, says the CBO, which found the GSEs had only a limited effect on affordable housing and, via its federal guarantees, reduced the incentives for mortgage originators to make risky loans.

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