Stimulus bill restores Fannie, Freddie, FHA limits

Tax credit, other housing programs reduced in compromise bill

Congress today voted on a $790 billion economic stimulus bill that includes a modest expansion of a first-time homebuyer tax credit and restores to $729,750 the upper loan limit in high-cost areas for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and FHA loan guarantee programs.

Voting along party lines — no House Republicans supported the bill, and only three voted for Senate passage — lawmakers approved nearly $1 trillion in new spending and tax cuts championed by the Obama administration as needed to save or create 3 million to 4 million jobs.