Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: The U.S. House of Representatives could not pass an amendment to the defense appropriations bill to keep the NSA from spying on every American who isn’t under investigation for terrorism, but they made sure the bill defunded ACORN. Again.
The legislative assault on ACORN, which shut down in 2010, was included in a Department of Defense appropriations bill that cleared the House on Thursday. Although the bill passed by a broad, bipartisan margin of 315-97, it garnered attention for an amendment proposed by Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) that would have stopped the government from collecting masses of phone call metadata without reasonable suspicion.
Amash’s amendment failed, but language to bar ACORN from receiving any money made the final cut. Section 8097 of the bill reads, “None of the funds made available under this Act may be distributed to the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) or its subsidiaries.”
ACORN cannot receive any funding from the U.S. government under any legislation, of course, because ACORN does not exist. Similarly, ACORN has no subsidiaries because ACORN does not exist.
Yes, but those are facts and facts are not allowed to be considered when voting in Congress.