WASHINGTON -- Aida Alvarez, the new regulator of Fannie and Freddie, may have learned last week that she needs to be bipartisan in her political courting.

Ms. Alvarez, director of the newly created Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight, lobbied hard in recent weeks for a $10.7 million budget that would double her staff to 60 people, from original estimates of 30. Ms. Alvarez told lawmakers that she needed the larger staff to be a serious regulator of the two secondary-market behemoths.

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