On the same day that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced multi-million dollar compensation packages for its chief executives, the Treasury Department expanded federal support of the government-sponsored enterprises.

The $200 billion credit lines the Treasury has made available to each company since they were seized by the government in September 2008 will be allowed to increase "as necessary" over the next three years to ensure that Fannie and Freddie retain a positive net worth. The lines were originally set to expire at yearend.

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