In an apparent attempt to break its own record for meaningless votes (currently over 40 for bills to repeal Obamacare that they know can’t possibly pass), House Republicans have voted yet again to defund ACORN, an organization that has not existed in nearly four years.
The massive new appropriations bill unveiled Monday night includes four provisions that block funding to the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, an anti-poverty activist group better known as ACORN.
The bicameral, bipartisan appropriations bill is the product of last year’s budget deal between Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), filling in the details of the blueprint they agreed upon.ACORN, however, no longer exists.
The group dissolved in 2010, penniless, after Congress cut off its funding in 2009 based on a selectively edited video released by conservative provocateur James O’Keefe. O’Keefe manipulated the footage to give the impression that ACORN workers were encouraging tax avoidance related to prostitution and child smuggling, but multiple subsequent investigations cleared the group of any wrongdoing.
Nevertheless, the House GOP has voted 13 times since the organization disbanded to block its funding.
Next they’ll be making sure we don’t subsidize the production of steam engines and cutting off aid to the Roman Empire.