Why not? Every major spending bill passed by the Dems so far this year has been a major boon for ACORN, so why should this one be any different? Jamie Dupree has been going over the bill with a fine toothed comb, and says the term, “community development corporation” is found a bunch of times in it.
“The American people will see tax dollars go to so-called community development organizations like ACORN, to teach low-income residents how to live in accord with the worldview of the Environmental Left,” scowled a news release yesterday from Congressional critics of the Cap and Trade bill.
Sure enough, there are 19 mentions of the term “community development” in the bill, but nothing specific about ACORN.
Sec. 264 of the bill is on “Low Income Community Energy Efficiency Program,” which says the feds will dole out grant money to community development organizations “to provide financing to businesses and projects that improve energy efficiency” for low-income residents.
On page 561, the bill authorizes $50 million per year for six fiscal years, so that’s $300 million in all for these kind of programs.
“I just want to know if ACORN would qualify for these grants,” said House GOP Leader John Boehner, who was the only Republican to note the ACORN issue during debate on the House floor.
ADDITIONAL ACORN-ELIGIBLE BLOCK GRANTS
The G.I.V.E Act:
$5.7 Billion for the Obama Youth Corps
The Senate bill purports to provide “$5.7 billion to aid 250,000 volunteers across the country in the arenas of health care, energy, environment and education.”
The Omnibus Spending Bill:
$3.9 Billion in Omnibus: “The bill provides $3,900,000,000 for the Community Development Fund…” (“Division I – Transportation, Housing And Urban Development, And Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2009; Joint Explanatory Statement” Rules Committee, U.S. House Of Representatives, Pg. 106)
The Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009:
$1 Billion in Stimulus: “For an additional amount for `Community Development Fund’ $1,000,000,000, to remain available until September 30, 2010 to carry out the community development block grant program under title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (42 U.S.C. 5301et seq.)” (H.R.1, Enrolled As Agreed To By Both House And Senate)
Boehner was interviewed by Mark Levin shortly after the House vote, calling Cap and Trade a “bizarre bill” that has little chance of passing in the Senate..
See Michelle Malkin for The farce of cap-and-tax revealed:
During a hearing today in the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, EPA Administrator Jackson confirmed an EPA analysis showing that unilateral U.S. action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions would have no effect on climate.
Doug Ross for a sobering glimpse of our grim near future if Obama continues to get everything he wants in these disastrous bills.
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