House Votes to Cut Off ACORN

Republicans lead charge against scandal-ridden community organizers
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 17, 2009 10:12 PM CDT
Rep. Darrell, Issa, R-Calif., left, accompanied by Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, R-Ga., discusses the House bill that passed which would ban federal funding for ACORN tonight.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The House voted tonight to deny all federal funds for ACORN in a Republican-led strike against the scandal-tainted community organizing group that comes just three days after the Senate took similar action. "ACORN has violated serious federal laws, and today the House voted to ensure that taxpayer dollars would no longer be used to fund this corrupt organization," said second-ranked House Republican Eric Cantor.

The vote, on a provision attached to a student aid bill, was 345-75, with Democrats supplying all the "no" votes. On Monday the Senate voted 83-7 to deny housing and community grant funding to ACORN, which stands for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.