When Fed chairman Alan Greenspan recently told the U.S. Senate Banking Committee that the privatization of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac was his "goal," he put the question of privatization on the table, in a serious way, for the first time in many years. Greenspan’s statement has resulted in many editorial endorsements and significantly increased interest in the media, but it has also raised many important questions: how would something like this be done without disrupting the residential-mortgage market, and what would or could the mortgage-finance system look like after privatization? These questions are answered in the plan developed in an AEI project over the last several months. The plan has now been embodied in legislative language, with a section-by-section analysis and a comprehensive statement of why privatization is necessary. The plan has been reviewed and refined through comments at three previous conferences. In this conference, the final proposal and legislation will be discussed.
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Join us to hear Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, as he addresses the role Congress should play in expanding trade opportunities and increasing market access for US businesses. A panel will then discuss the current status of the TPP, trade promotion authority, and the Obama administration’s trade agenda.
AEI's Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies will host General Mark Welsh III, Chief of Staff of the US Air Force for the concluding session of its series with the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Join AEI for a discussion of two new policy proposals that address the use of road pricing and public-private partnerships, as well as state efforts to enhance infrastructure and economic competitiveness.
Join AEI for a discussion of professional sports subsidies and — fittingly — for a free lunch.
AEI’s Jeffrey Eisenach will argue in favor of a generic antitrust enforcement model with primary enforcement by the FTC and Jonathan Baker of American University will maintain that an industry-specific regulator like the FCC is needed to work with antitrust enforcers to shape competition in the broadband industry. The debate will be moderated by US Court of Appeals Judge Stephen Williams.