Not content with holding 37 meaningless votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and seeking to avoid passing an actual policy that might fix a problem, the Republican-controlled House is planning to vote on not one but two separate bills to defund ACORN.
House Republicans are scheduled to vote on two separate budget bills this week, each of which would reject funding for the poverty activism group ACORN, despite the fact that ACORN disbanded three years ago.
ACORN, also known as the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, came under heavy fire in the fall of 2009 after conservative videographer James O’Keefe released a set of selectively edited videos that appeared to show its employees offering advice on tax avoidance related to prostitution and child smuggling. Independent investigations by the California attorney general, the Massachusetts attorney general and the Brooklyn, N.Y., district attorney would later clear ACORN of criminal wrongdoing, and an investigation by the Government Accountability Office would clear ACORN of charges that it mishandled federal funds.
There’s just two problems here. First of all, they already did this in 2009. Secondly, ACORN does not exist. It’s gone. It’s been gone for three years now. In related news, they will also consider a bill to stop granting pay increases to Confederate soldiers and the Chinese people who built the railroads.