What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : HR 1. (Economic stimulus) Vitter of Louisiana amendment that would prohibit economic stimulus funds from going to the ACORN group/On agreeing to the amendment (2009 senate Roll Call 56)
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HR 1. (Economic stimulus) Vitter of Louisiana amendment that would prohibit economic stimulus funds from going to the ACORN group/On agreeing to the amendment
senate Roll Call 56     Feb 06, 2009
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Win

This vote was on an amendment by David Vitter, R-La., that would prohibit economic stimulus funding from being provided, directly or indirectly, to an organization known as ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now).  The amendment was offered to a bill that would provide more than $884.5 billion in tax cuts and funding intended to stimulate the flagging economy.

ACORN is a frequent target of Republican attacks; they charge that it is little more than a front group for the Democratic Party, and have accused the group of engaging in fraudulent voter drive practices in support of President Barack Obama's presidential campaign.

Vitter said the amendment should be adopted "in light of two things:
No. 1, a lot of ACORN’s activities in this area are to encourage things such as subprime mortgages which have led to problems. No. 2, ACORN has been guilty of massive voter registration fraud and politicization of their activities."

Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said Vitter's amendment is unnecessary and that any work ACORN sought to perform for the government would have to undergo a rigorous process before it is approved.  He also used part of his time to jab at Vitter, suggesting he wasn't grateful enough for the work ACORN did after Hurricane Katrina.

"What kind of work does [ACORN] do? Mortgage counseling, weatherization, earned-income tax credit, and volunteer work. In fact, after Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana, hundreds of ACORN volunteers went to the home state of the Senator offering this amendment and literally helped rehabilitate 3,500 homes. This is the show of gratitude they receive for helping him in his home state," Durbin said.

The amendment was rejected by a vote of 45-51.  Every Republican present voted for the amendment.   All but six Democrats present voted against the amendment (including the most progressive members).  The end result is that an amendment that would have restricted the group ACORN from receiving economic stimulus funds was defeated.

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