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September 18th, 2009
07:14 AM ET

House votes to cut federal funding for ACORN

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The House of Representatives approved an amendment Thursday that calls for halting government funding to the community organizing group ACORN.

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/09/17/house.acorn/art.acorn.investigation.youtube.jpg caption="The videos have sparked controversy over ACORN, already under fire amid election fraud claims."]

The measure, added to a larger bill on reforming student loans that won House approval, follows a provision passed earlier in the week by the Senate that would halt Housing and Urban Development grants to ACORN.

Both measures would have to have their differences reconciled in Congress to take effect.

ACORN's chief executive officer says that the group gets most of its money from members and other supporters and that its operations would continue even if it is cut off from government grants.

However, approval of the House and Senate measures demonstrated the political fallout against ACORN after the recent release of videos that appeared to show the agency's employees condoning illegal actions.

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  1. JMZ

    I wonderwhat Obamas opinion is? he seems to be all to anxious to comment on everything else. He had an opinions on Rush, Kanye and of course how evil the police were for doing their job on his buddy. but no comments on ACORN? i guess hes trying not to bite the socialist hand that feeds him.

    September 22, 2009 at 12:31 am |
  2. Lee

    I guess you guys missed this one coming also, huh? Just like the DC rally! You ignore the developing story, show up for a few seconds when it happens and you can't ignore it any longer , then misrepresent the event and claim you were on it all along when you are called on it! You are laughable and your ratings show it.

    September 19, 2009 at 11:47 am |
  3. B. Baker

    Wall Street is still misusing billions of USA dollars. IGA lost billions in American investments - when do we take government funding from them.

    ACORN a compilation of many groups and has done good work. They have eliminated the bad apples as they should. No corporation is free from individuals who make stupid choices. They should not be cut off from government funding and should be allowed to continue with census gathering efforts in the future.

    September 18, 2009 at 2:41 pm |
  4. Rod Davis

    From all outward appearances, these blatant demonstrations disrespect of expected decorum is accepted by the far-right. Bill O'Reilly ranted about the doctors conducting late term abortions. We all know what was the outcome of that episode.

    These cases of individuals advocating violence against other people has to stop. Martin Luther King, John Kennedy, and Doctor Tiller are prime examples of how a deranged person can act in concert with those rantings and cause a very regretable outcome.

    September 18, 2009 at 1:54 pm |
  5. jay m

    There is something about ACORN that scares the hell out of the GOP, I think it's voter registration.

    September 18, 2009 at 10:07 am |
  6. ken

    The house has gone off the deep end. The so called liberals cut off funding to a group that registers low income voters, but they continue to fund the iraq and afghanistan war. Acorn does not torture people or blow up people in other countries.

    September 18, 2009 at 8:41 am |
  7. Sharon,Daniel Island

    I congradulate the young reporters on self promotion. But I have trouble with the "Kick'em when there down concept".

    September 18, 2009 at 8:20 am |
  8. Mark from Boston

    Duhhhh?! No, Really?

    You mean to tell me they have to even think about this? Let's see,
    – Bridges & Roads to Nowhere
    – Cash for Clunkers
    – Acorn "Bucks for Brothels"
    – 15 Million Dollar DHS "Cash for Crossing" in Nowhere, Montana
    – 100 Million Dollars a year to resand beaches
    – 20 Million Dollars a year to study butterfly migration patterns.

    Oh, and my favorite, Teacher Tenure in California. Although they have one of the worst education systems in the country, criminal teachers who should be in jail are paid for doing nothing because they are protected by Union Agreements.

    Yet, Congress can't decide whether or not to extend unemployment benefits to the very people who not only need it most but who help pay for the aforementioned waste.

    Classic!

    September 18, 2009 at 7:43 am |