The following is just in from the American Bankruptcy Institute:
MORTGAGE MODIFICATION, EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION LIKELY TO BE DROPPED FROM SENATE AGENDA
Senate Democratic leaders appear likely to drop several high-profile legislative issues from their agenda, including efforts to tax bonuses paid to corporate executives and giving bankruptcy judges the ability reduce mortgage payments on the primary mortgages of chapter 13 debtors, according to a CongressDaily report today. Senate aides said that the legislative agenda this year might increasingly focus on revamping financial regulations — which could reach the Senate floor in late summer — and on health care reform. The chamber will reconvene April 20 by taking up a fraud-enforcement bill that authorizes increasing Justice Department funding and authority to crack down on mortgage fraud and other crimes related to federal assistance programs. Those efforts come as more high-profile legislation sits on the back burner in the face of opposition from Republicans and moderate Democrats. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) have said that they have not dropped efforts to craft a bill slapping heavy taxes on bonuses for firms such as American International Group that received bailout money, but Democrats have no immediate plans to move an AIG bill in the face of White House concerns and strong opposition from the banking industry. Also faltering is mortgage cramdown legislation that lobbyists and some senators say lacks the votes to pass. Reid has said previously that he is prepared to drop the cramdown language provision from a broader housing bill if the votes are not there.