WASHINGTON — A group of Senate Democrats are calling on the new leadership of the government-sponsored enterprises to put an immediate and temporary foreclosure freeze on all loans owned by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

"We are calling on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to declare a temporary moratorium of at least 90 days on all impending foreclosure proceedings on whole mortgages held within each firm's portfolio, and to conduct an immediate and thorough review of those mortgages," wrote Sens. Charles Schumer, Robert Menendez, Bob Casey, and Sherrod Brown in a letter to the head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency James Lockhart and the two new top executives at the GSEs.

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