On February 9, the House Financial Services Committee held a hearing on GSE reform with a focus on immediate steps to protect taxpayers and end the bailout. On February 11, the Obama administration released a white paper on housing finance reform, outlining its plan to: (i) reduce government support for housing finance and wind down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac on a responsible timeline; (ii) address fundamental flaws in the mortgage market to protect borrowers, ensure transparency, and increase the role of private capital; and (iii) target the government's support for affordable housing in a more effective and transparent manner. The proposal also sets forth longer-term reform choices for structuring the government's future role in the housing market. Congressional Hearing Link. Treasury Release. White Paper.