WASHINGTON — Although the House Financial Services Committee will take its first stab today at discussing the future of the U.S. housing finance system, including the fate of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the hearing is likely to stay away from specific recommendations and stick mostly to generalities.

Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner is expected to provide broad principles of reform but will stop short of offering details on how the government-sponsored enterprises should be reformed, while a panel of industry witnesses and experts are likely to take a similar tack.

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