House passes Johnson amendment to protect privacy and sensitive information
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed an important amendment sponsored by Congressman Hank Johnson (D-GA), which extends all nine Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) exemptions to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
The amendment, which passed (410-5) was part of H.R. 1694, a bill that would amend the FOIA to make its provisions apply to these entities when they are in federal conservatorship or receivership.
“By passing this amendment, we will ensure that personal privacy and sensitive information is appropriately protected, while ensuring the highest level of transparency for the American taxpayers, who have invested almost $187 billion in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac,” said Congressman Johnson.
The House passed the underlying bill, H.R. 1694, (425-0). The measure will require passage in the Senate before advancing to the President.