Over the loud objections of lenders, Senate Democrats are lining up behind a plan to give bankruptcy judges the power to alter mortgages, the LA Times reports. The proposals could go to the floor as early as today. “This bill will have more impact… than any other option currently on the table,” said Jack Kemp, housing secretary in the first Bush administration.
Republicans are generally backing lenders, who say they’d be forced to increase rates by as much as 1.5%. “It will amount to a new tax on homeowners,” said a Mortgage Bankers Association official. Arlen Specter is forwarding a less radical plan, which would have an expiration date and give the lenders veto power on some changes.