Franken, Klobuchar vote to prevent federal funding for ACORN


Both Minnesota senators voted today to prevent ACORN from receiving any federal housing grants from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The bill passed 83-7 with Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken voting "Yes." Only seven senators voted "No" (six Democrats, one Independent).

This is a huge win for politicians like Rep. Michele Bachmann that have been endlessly attacking ACORN for several issues with their work and a more recent misstep where employees are caught on camera helping conservatives undercover set up a tax system for a brothel.

Last week, the Census told ACORN they didn't want their help anymore.

More from the New York Times:

Senator Mike Johanns, Republican of Nebraska said on the Senate floor that Acorn had received $53 million in federal funds since 1994.

"This is a strong message by the Senate, and I hope this vote, which rises above partisanship to do what is right, becomes the rule rather than the exception," Mr. Johanns said in a statement released after the vote. "I will continue to work to see that Americans' tax dollars will not go to support fraudulent organizations or activities."

View the vote breakdown here.