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Barney Frank, Democrats Rescue ACORN

John on May 8, 2009 at 7:43 am

First up, this piece from the Minnesota Post:

Rep. Michele Bachmann went head to head with Finance Chairman Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., on the House floor today – and lost — over a portion of a home mortgage bill that would withhold federal funding from organizations or individuals that have been indicted for voter fraud.

Bachmann had successfully added the language on a voice vote during markup last week of the Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act, which the House will vote on today.

Soon after, however, Frank admitted that he had made a mistake in allowing it to pass. His amendment would change the language to prohibit funding from organizations that have been convicted of voter fraud, or continue to employ individuals convicted of voter fraud.

A short time ago, the House approved Frank’s amendment on a largely party-line vote 245 to 176.

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Bachmann added that her addition to the bill “should sound familiar to everyone here in this chamber because it is the exact same language that was passed” last year…At the time, Frank voted for the bill.

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Bachmann, who already indicated that she intended the language to prevent organizations like ACORN from receiving money, went on to mention charges against the group in Nevada and Pennsylvania.

In case you missed it, here’s what Frank and fellow Democrats are protecting ACORN from. In Nevada, chargaes were filed against ACORN for paying individuals per voter registration, which is a felony in the state. Meanwhile in Pennsylvania, seven ACORN members have been charged with falsifying voter registration forms.

Not content to protect ACORN’s revenue stream, on Monday John Conyers (D-Michigan) announced “Based on my review of the information regarding the complaints against ACORN, I have concluded that a hearing on this matter appears unwarranted at this time.” As recently as March 19th, Conyers had claimed to be troubled by evidence of widespread lawbreaking by ACORN. Asked on Wednesday if he would reconsider based on news of the Nevada charges, Conyer’s office declined to comment.

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