A proposal to provide a $15,000 tax credit to homebuyers was stripped from a $789 billion economic stimulus package that appears headed for a vote Friday, but a restoration of higher loan limits for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and FHA loan guarantee programs appears to have made the cut. The $15,000 homebuyer tax credit -- included in an $838 billion economic stimulus bill passed by the Senate Tuesday (see story) -- was scaled back to $8,000 and limited to first-time homebuyers as part of a compromise between Democrats and Republicans. The Congressional Budget Office estimated the larger tax credit would have cost $35.5 billion, a price tag that proved too tough to swallow in conference committee negotiations where differences between House and Senate versions of H.R. 1, The American R...
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