House Republican leaders plan to unveil a housing package today that would increase the tax credits available for home buyers and would direct law enforcement to crack down on mortgage fraud.This plan demonstrates that, just like Democrats, Republicans do not believe in the free market. Why do politicians always want to meddle with the free market?
Under the proposal, borrowers refinancing their mortgage would be eligible for $5,000 to help cover closing costs or to reduce their principal balance. The plan also revives a $15,000 home buyer tax credit proposal that Republicans pushed last year. This time, the proposal would require the borrower to have at least a 5 percent down payment. Both programs would expire in July 2010.
"We want to make sure responsible homeowners are able to purchase homes and stay in their homes," said House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.), who will introduce the legislation. "If you can get a $15,000 tax credit, that is a tremendous incentive to get qualified buyers back into the game."
Brendan Daly, a spokesman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), said he had not seen the proposal but that Democrats are committed to strengthening the housing market. "We have already seen a boost in home sales due to the $8,000 tax credit for first-time home buyers in the economic recovery package signed into law last month by President Obama," Daly said.
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