Issue Brief: An Analysis of the Corker-Warner GSE Reform Bill and Its Implications for Affordable Housing Finance

On June 25, 2013, Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and Mark Warner (D-VA) introduced “The GSE Reform Act of 2013.” A bipartisan group of five senators co-sponsored the bill, including Senators Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Dean Heller (R-NV), Mike Johanns (R-NB), Jerry Moran (R-KS), and Jon Tester (D-MT). Unfortunately, the Corker-Warner legislation is problematic and raises significant red flags about Congress’ view of the future of the secondary market’s obligation to extend affordable housing opportunities—in the form of homeownership and rental units—to low-income, minority and traditionally underserved individuals.

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