After decades of serving as the backbone of the U.S. housing market, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
are buckling under the weight of the protracted housing slump. As a result, the two government-controlled mortgage lenders are losing political support in Washington
at a time when they require even more economic stimulus. After receiving $160 billion from the federal government, Fannie and Freddie no longer have much-needed backing among Democratic or Republican lawmakers. The latest political angle on housing? Funnel more aid to affordable rentals.More on AOL Real Estate:
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