A House Financial Services subcommittee late Tuesday approved six bills that would rein in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac but that fall short of comprehensive changes to the housing finance system.

The targeted bills, approved by the subcommittee on capital markets and government-sponsored enterprises, cover an array of proposed restrictions on the mortgage giants. One would require Fannie and Freddie, which were placed in a federal conservatorship in 2008, to comply with the Freedom of Information Act as long as they are being run by the government. Another would require the two GSEs to sell assets not critical to their housing missions.

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