Saturday, February 23, 2008

Congressional Efforts

This NYT article discusses several Congressional efforts under consideration to deal with the housing mess. Notably, all of them seem somewhat too complex for their own good.

After all, do we really need a new federal agency to deal with this?

Anyhow, we'll keep you updated on legislative efforts to fix what some are beginning to think might be an almost unfixable situation:
Bank of America, which is in the process of acquiring Countrywide Financial and has potentially huge exposure, has circulated a proposal to create a new federal agency that would buy vast quantities of delinquent mortgages at a deep discount and replace them with fixed-rate federally guaranteed loans.

The bank warned that tightening credit conditions were leading to “escalating levels of delinquency and default among borrowers” and “an unprecedented number” of homes that would enter foreclosure.

Administration officials have given the Bank of America plan a cold reception. But the idea is similar to one proposed by Senator Christopher J. Dodd, Democrat of Connecticut and chairman of the Senate Banking Committee.