WASHINGTON — Though Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner said Tuesday that reforming the government-sponsored enterprises should not take years to accomplish, a House Financial Services Committee hearing made it clear the issue is unlikely to be addressed anytime soon.

Geithner offered no specifics on the future of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Instead, he broadly endorsed some kind of government role in the housing market, even while he appeared uncertain how expansive it should be.

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