Senate approves amendment to end Fannie, Freddie bonuses

McCain said the mortgage firms, which hold about half of all home loans, argued that any bonuses should be stopped while they accept taxpayer help — $170 billion so far, and a recent request for $13.8 billion more. 

"The American taxpayer has been the victim of outright corruption and blatant abuse at the hands of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for decades — it must stop," he said. 

"It is time to enact fundamental GSE reform, and take Fannie and Freddie off the permanent taxpayer bailout list, returning them to the competitive marketplace before they go from ‘too big to fail’ to ‘too late to fix,’ " he said. 

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The chief executives of both firms will leave their posts when replacements are found. 

Edward DeMarco, acting director of the FHFA, has argued before Congress that the bonuses were needed to attract and retain talented enough employees to manage $5 trillion in mortgage assets. 

The Senate passed the insider trading bill 96-3 on Thursday night, sending it to the House, which is expected to beef it up and pass its version by the end of the month.