Congress decides to defund everybody!

In condemning ACORN, and passing HR 3571 IH, the government inadvertently subjected the entire military/industrial complex, as well as any entity doing business, under contract, with the government to the process passed in the bill. That means Blackwater, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Gumman and pretty much everybody. No doubt they didn’t mean to do it, but it just goes to show just how inept congress has become. BTW, it’s against the Constitution to write and pass a bill targeting a single entity, such as ACORN, but that ain’t going to stop congress:

Immediately after the bill passed, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), a constitutional whiz, noted that the measure appeared to be a “bill of attainder” — specifically targeting a company or organization or individual — and is therefore specifically barred by the Constitution. If it’s not targeted at one group, then Northrop Grumman is in trouble.

Like the commercial says, “Very funny.”

The portion of the bill to defund ACORN:


(a) Prohibitions- With respect to any covered organization, the following prohibitions apply:

    (1) No Federal contract, grant, cooperative agreement, or any other form of agreement (including a memorandum of understanding) may be awarded to or entered into with the organization.

    (2) No Federal funds in any other form may be provided to the organization.

    (3) No Federal employee or contractor may promote in any way (including recommending to a person or referring to a person for any purpose) the organization.

(b) Covered Organization- In this section, the term ‘covered organization’ means any of the following:

(1) Any organization that has been indicted for a violation under any Federal or State law governing the financing of a campaign for election for public office or any law governing the administration of an election for public office, including a law relating to voter registration.

(2) Any organization that had its State corporate charter terminated due to its failure to comply with Federal or State lobbying disclosure requirements.

(3) Any organization that has filed a fraudulent form with any Federal or State regulatory agency.

(4) Any organization that–

(A) employs any applicable individual, in a permanent or temporary capacity;

(B) has under contract or retains any applicable individual; or

(C) has any applicable individual acting on the organization’s behalf or with the express or apparent authority of the organization.



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5 responses to “Congress decides to defund everybody!

  1. Ya know, we gotta get rid of these yahoos, and waiting for elections isn’t quick or sure enough!

  2. We have lawmakers who made a law they knew was against the law — they were told in case they didn’t realize it. So they can’t claim ignorance of the law.

    They are the lawmakers.

    What are YOU gonna be for Halloween?

  3. wicked

    Leave it to Congress to waste time and our money on b.s..

  4. The language in the bill as highlighted demonstrates what happens when the legislator sponsoring it gets blinders on; I’m sure that no thought was given to the possibility that such language could describe any organization other than ACORN. Wonder if any (potentially ex) staffer had the guts to raise this?

  5. jammer5

    This was both a Republican written and sponsored bill. The Democrats really had no choice but to go along. While funny in its ability to forbid a whole bunch of entities from doing business with uncle Sam, the sad part is, it’s one of the few laws to pass congress since Obama took office.