Washington, D.C., May 8 - U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann (MN-06) issued the following statement as the House of Representatives approved House Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank’s amendment which would allow organizations indicted for voter fraud or related crimes, or employ individuals who have been indicted for voter fraud or related crimes, to receive taxpayer dollars for housing counseling grants and foreclosure legal assistance grants authorized under the Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act.
“I am disappointed that Congress decided to side with ACORN today over the taxpayers. It is not only legitimate for Congress to decide the threshold for accessing taxpayer funds; it is incumbent upon us to do so. And, for far too long, Congress has cavalierly distributed taxpayer money,” said Bachmann. “Today, 245 Members of Congress went on record as saying that we will lower the bar, and continue to allow organizations repeatedly indicted for criminal acts to pick the taxpayer’s pocket. This is a shameful abdication of our fiduciary duties.”
The amendment passed by a vote of 245-176 largely upon party lines.
This is from a "Bachmann Bulletin" e-mail sent today.
Despite the fact that just last week, criminal charges were filed against ACORN and its employees both in Nevada and Pennsylvania, the House of Representatives voted to give that organization continued access to millions of your tax dollars.
I was gravely disappointed by this vote. Congress is far too cavalier with your money. The threshold for spending your tax dollars should be high and an organization that wants to gain access to federal funding should have to earn it. After all, this is your hard-earned money, and it is a privilege – not a right – for an organization to use it.
In my opinion, an organization that is and has been under repeated investigation by several prosecutors across the nation – and that’s both Republican and Democrat prosecutors – has not earned the right to use your money. The evidence against ACORN and its employees abounds:
Larry Lomaz, the registrar of voters in Las Vegas believes that 48% of ACORN’s filed voter registration forms are “clearly fraudulent.”
Nevada’s Attorney General, Catherine Cortez Masto has stated that ACORN’s training manuals “clearly detail, condone and …require illegal acts.”
And, Fred Voight, deputy election commissioner in Philadelphia, told CNN last year that ACORN’s problems have “been going on for a number of years.”
Congress has been spending money without regard to the consequences for the taxpayers of today or of tomorrow. If Congress can’t draw the line with funding for organizations investigated for criminal activities in more than a dozen states, where will it draw the line?