Senate votes on Johanns amendment to cut off ACORN housing funds; Update: Amendment passes, 83-7
By Michelle Malkin • September 14, 2009 05:22 PM
Just watched GOP Sen. Mike Johanns introduce his amendment on the Senate floor banning federal funds in the current transportation and housing appropriations bill from going to ACORN. Currently, ACORN is eligible to receive millions more in taxpayer funds through mortgage counseling, Community Development Block Grants, and the Neighborhood Stabilization Program — in addition to the tens of millions ACORN Housing Corp. has already received.
The vote is underway right now.
The Johanns Amendment is #2355 to H.R. 3288.
Johanns cited the BigGovernment.com sting videos as evidence that ACORN cannot be trusted with government money:
“Until a full investigation is launched into ACORN, no taxpayer money should be used to fund its activities. A vote in favor of my amendment is a vote in favor of the taxpayer and a vote against the status quo.”
He forgot to add the five most important words:
ACORN is a criminal enterprise.
5:42pm Eastern. Roll call vote still underway. Several Democrats have voted AYE, including Cardin, Carper, Inouye, Johnson (SD), Murray, Tester, Warner, Bingaman, Begich, Nelson (NE), Webb, Landrieu, Bayh, Conrad, Rockefeller, Dodd, Pryor, Hagan, Kohl, Feingold, Boxer, Nelson (FL), Brown, Harkin, Lincoln, Wyden, Baucus, Klobuchar, Kaufman, Shaheen, Lautenberg (switched from no to yes), Menendez, Stabenow, Leiberman, Levin, McCaskill, Reid, Feinstein, Udall, Bennet (CO) Merkley, Cantwell, Dorgan, Schumer…
Durbin was a no. I’ll have the rest soon.
The final roll call vote – amendment passes 83-7. I’ll post the full roll when it’s up on the Senate site.
This is the beginning, not the end.
The Dems are finally, finally on the defensive on ACORN.
Republicans, keep digging and pushing and connecting the dots.
Update: Here are the ignominious ACORN sex ring enablers….
Full roll call vote here. 9 not voting…
Here’s a reminder of why McCain is such a flakeout on ACORN: REMEMBER?
Update: Several readers note that McCain and Graham were at a town hall event in S.C. at the Citadel earlier today. Still doesn’t excuse McCain’s alliance with ACORN on open borders. Also, the town hall was at 9am. Not clear whether they were already back in D.C. or not by the time the amendment hit the Senate floor after 5pm Eastern earlier this evening.