布什放弃对国会拯救房市法案 Bush Drops Opposition to Housing Rescue Bill

23 July, 2008

美国总统布什放弃反对一项重大的拯救房屋市场的议案。根据这项议案,政府将向挣扎之中的房屋业提供帮助。白宫发言人佩莉诺星期三说,布什政府仍然对议案的某些方面有所顾虑,但是认为目前没有时间去和国会展开否决争斗。这项议案定于星期三在美国众议院投票表决。

布什总统过去一直反对向社区提供近40亿美元购买和维修被房屋贷款机构没收的房屋。白宫发言人佩莉诺说,财政部长保尔森建议,如果这项法案提交给白宫,总统予以签署。保尔森支持救市计划中授予财政部权限、扩大增加政府对房利美和房地美两家房屋贷款公司帮助的条款。

U.S. President George Bush has dropped his opposition to a major housing rescue bill that would provide government support to help the struggling industry. White House spokeswoman Dana Perino today (Wednesday) said the administration still has concerns about some aspects of the bill, but does not believe there is time for a veto fight with Congress. The legislation is scheduled to come to a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives today.

President Bush had objected to a provision giving nearly four-billion dollars to communities to buy and repair foreclosed property. Spokeswoman Perino said Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson recommended the president sign the bill, if it reaches his desk. Paulson supports a provision of the plan that grants the Treasury Department authority to expand government support for two troubled mortgage lenders, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.