WASHINGTON -- Regulator Aida Alvarez implied in an interview on Friday that one of the government sponsored enterprises she regulates, Freddie Mac, supported recent Congressional efforts to trim her sails.

Under a law passed last year, Ms. Alvarez is setting up the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight to monitor the safety and soundness of the two secondary mortgage market giants - Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. She asked the Senate Appropriations Committee for 60 staff members to help her to be an independent regulator.

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