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The budgetary treatment of Fannie and Freddie emerges as complication for reform

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A major impediment to the reform of government-run mortgage businesses Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is a running disagreement about how they should be accounted for on the government’s budget. Fannie and Freddie ultimately received $187 billion in taxpayer funds following their 2008 bailout, but they were never fully nationalized, partly to avoid having the trillions in loans they guarantee show...

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