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  • Sen. Mike Crapo (right), Idaho Republican, confers with Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican. He aims to revamp a $10 trillion mortgage market, the largest piece of unfinished business from the 2008 credit crisis. (Associated press)

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  • The Senate Banking Committee this month is expected to mark up the bipartisan bill drafted last month by Chairman Tim Johnson, South Dakota Democrat (left), and the committee's ranking minority member, Sen. Mike Crapo, Idaho Republican (right), The bill would phase out Fannie and Freddie while setting up a new agency to offer a much more limited government guarantee on securities backed by prime mortgages. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

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  • **FILE** U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, Idaho Republican, gives his victory speech at the Republican Party election headquarters at the Doubletree Riverside Hotel in Boise, Idaho, on Nov. 2, 2010. (Associated Press)

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  • ** FILE ** In this Nov. 2, 2010 photo, U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, Idaho Republican, gives his victory speech at the Republican Party election headquarters held at the Doubletree Riverside Hotel in Boise, Idaho. Authorities say Crapo has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012 in a Washington, D.C. suburb. (AP Photo/Matt Cilley, File)

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  • A recently disclosed 2008 letter from Sen. Mike Crapo of Idaho to the Department of Agriculture supported a loan-guarantee application for Open Range Communications, which the letter said would make it possible for millions of rural Americans to gain access to wireless Internet. The company, which won a $267 million loan guarantee, has filed for bankruptcy. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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  • "We've taken it from where the government is essentially shareholder, board of directors and CEO of the mortgage market — and a first-line position for loss — and moved them to a point where it's extremely remote that they'd be even called upon for any kind of a financial role in the market," said Mr. Crapo. "So I think that's a critical step."

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  • "The bottom line is: If you look at the status quo, you have Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. And if you add the [Federal Housing Administration], 95 percent of the market is now dominated by the government," said Mr. Crapo. "If we stay where we are, we are back to a very heavy hand of the government regulating the industry and controlling, literally, the markets."

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