Barney Frank: Treasury GSE Intervention is a "Done Deal"

Saturday, September 06, 2008 | 02:44 PM

Congressman Barney Frank, Chairman of the Financial Services Committee, says this is really happening:

"Rep. Barney Frank (D., Mass.) confirmed that Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson is planning government intervention to back troubled mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

The chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, said in a statement Saturday that Mr. Paulson "intends to use the powers that Congress provided it" in a law passed in July to keep Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac stable and functioning. But Mr. Frank said he didn't "know the details of the proposed interventions," and a Treasury spokeswoman declined to comment...

It is also expected to involve the government injecting capital into Fannie and Freddie. That could happen gradually on a quarter-by-quarter basis, rather than in a single move, one person familiar with the matter said...

Among the issues with which Treasury has been wrestling is whether to make an investment at such a low price that shareholders are effectively wiped out. Mr. Paulson is cautious about any plan that appears to benefit shareholders because he doesn't want the government to be seen as bailing out investors who for years profited from the companies' success."

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Frank Confirms Treasury Intervention To Shore Up Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac
WSJ, September 6, 2008 2:39 p.m.

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If he knows it's happening, one would assume that he knows the details, or maybe the details are still being worked out. Also interesting that Paulson wants to punish the shareholders, most of which are innocent byst5anders with no real influence, and let's the top exedcs retain all of their bonus monies and inflated salaries. That'll show 'em Paulson.

Posted by: larster | Sep 6, 2008 2:59:37 PM

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