Congress may have to act quickly to protect subprime borrowers who are in danger of losing their homes over the next 18 months, according to Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher J. Dodd, D-Conn."We may need to get some forbearance or something like that to give them a chance to work through their problems," Sen. Dodd told reporters after speaking to the National League of Cities. "Clearly we are looking at what we can do to help out." Before deciding whether predatory lending legislation is needed, the committee chairman told reporters he wants to see how the subprime securities market behaves and what actions federal and state regulators take to correct underwriting standards on subprime loans. If the regulators finally do a "good job" and the market is "working well," that may be enough, Sen. Dodd said.

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