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ICBA Statement on Waters Bill to Reform Housing-Finance System

Washington, D.C. (March 27, 2014)—Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) President and CEO Camden R. Fine released this statement on House Financial Services Committee Ranking Member Maxine Waters’ (D-Calif.) release of the Housing Opportunities Move the Economy (HOME) Forward Act of 2014.

“Congress must ensure that any reforms to the housing-finance system preserve community bank access to a financially strong, reliable and impartial secondary mortgage market. ICBA is encouraged by provisions of Ranking Member Waters’ HOME Forward Act that support continued access for community banks.

“Ensuring community banks can continue to sell individual loans for cash and retain servicing on those loans is necessary to provide for the continued flow of mortgage credit to consumers nationwide. ICBA looks forward to reviewing the HOME Forward Act and will continue working with Congress and the administration to ensure housing-finance reforms support our nation’s community banking system.”

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