Fees On Fannie?

Fannie Mae and fellow government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) such as Freddie Mac are gearing for battle with Congress. The reason: Some Republicans want to charge the GSEs a fee in return for the federal government's implicit backing of their debt. Supporters of the idea say the GSEs get lower interest rates on the assumption that the feds will guarantee bad debts. Fannie Mae officials contend that the proposed fees would amount to a tax on home ownership.