Apr 4, 2019 - Politics & Policy

Pence's economic adviser to lead home financing overhaul

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Mark Calabria was confirmed by the Senate in a vote of 55-44 to serve as the new director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, wherein his primary task will be to overhaul the whole system, reports Politico.

Why it matters: Calabria, who has been the top economic adviser to Vice President Mike Pence, will oversee mortgage giants Frannie Mae and Freddie Mac, in his new role. The U.S. government seized these 2 companies during a bailout in 2008, and President Trump signed a memorandum Wednesday asking for the companies to be removed from government oversight.

What they're saying:

  • Pence was quick to applaud the nomination of Calabria on Twitter, who, he said, will lead with "distinction."
  • Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) called Calabria "a man who has said that 'extensive regulation' led to the financial crisis and 'bankers shouldn’t be blamed'!"
  • Sen. Sherrord Brown (D-Ohio) tweeted: "When discussing our housing system, our first goal has to be making it easier for Americans to afford housing. Nothing in Mark Calabria’s record indicates that he would put working families first if confirmed to lead @FHFA. The Senate must oppose his nomination."
  • Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) tweeted: "My former advisor, Mark Calabria, was just confirmed to serve as @FHFA director. This is excellent news for the #finance community in #AL & across the nation. I look forward to working w/ Mark in his new capacity as he uses his knowledge & experience to effectively lead the FHFA."
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