FG 97 (Commission to Study Mortgage Interest Rates) (White House Central Files: Subject Files)


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  • Number of pages:  42
Organizational Note

The Commission to Study Mortgage Interest Rates was established by an act of Congress, May 7, 1968 (Public Law 90-301). Congress found that the national goal of a "decent home and a suitable living environment for every American family" cannot be reached unless there is an adequate supply of mortgage credit at rates of interest the American family can afford. The Commission studied mortgage interest rates and made recommendations to assure the availability of an adequate supply of mortgage credit at a reasonable cost to the consumer. The Commission was comprised of fifteen members; five members directly appointed by the President. The Commission terminated in October 1969 after submitting its final report.

Scope and Content Note

The records consist of correspondence and memorandums. Primary correspondents include the President, John D. Ehrlichman, Arthur F. Burns, Hugh Sloan, Paul McCracken, John R. Brown, James S. Dusenberry (Chairman for the Commission to Study Mortgage Interest Rates), and the other members of the Committee. Topics include discussion of terminating the Committee after its report to Congress, and the President thanking the Committee members for their hard work on the Committee.

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