Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher J. Dodd, D-Conn., has pledged to act on a GSE reform bill this year in an effort to get the White House to accept a temporary increase in the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loan limit that is going to be inserted in the economic stimulus package. Sen. Dodd met with Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson Friday morning to discuss strengthening the regulation of the two government-sponsored enterprises. "I wanted the secretary to know I am going to get a GSE bill done," Sen. Dodd told reporters. The Treasury secretary has let it be known that he is unhappy with the one-year increase in the loan limit that House Democratic and Republican leaders insisted on. He has always insisted that an increase should be tied to passage of a comprehensive GSE reform bill. Meanwhile, Republicans claim they agreed to increase the GSE loan limit from $417,000 to $625,000. But in marking up the stimulus bill, Democrats plan to raise the GSE loan limit to 125% of median area home prices in 12 high-cost metropolitan statistical areas, with a $729,750 cap.

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