Cornyn praises Senate ACORN vote

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) on Tuesday morning praised the Senate's vote yesterday to strip funding from the community organizing group ACORN, which is embroiled in voter registration fraud scandal.

The second-term Republican praised Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.), a member of the Housing and Urban Affairs Committee who proposed an amendment blocking grant money from the Department of Housing and Urban Development directed toward ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now).

Cornyn tweeted:

Glad to have such a strong vote on acorn funding in Senate. What an abuse of taxpayer dollars. Bravo Mike Johanns

The Senate voted overwhelmingly to pass the amendment 83-7. The vote came as ACORN finds itself in a precarious position after conservative activists posed as a pimp and prostitute and taped ACORN employees in Baltimore advising the duo on purchasing a home and legally recording the "prostitute's" income.

"With so much in the air about the need for bipartisanship, I'm very glad my colleagues rose above partisan differences to say 'no' to sending more tax dollars to ACORN—whose employees have multiple convictions of undermining our democratic process, our laws, and our good faith," Johanns said in a statement Tuesday.

"I will continue to work to see that Americans' tax dollars will not go to support fraudulent organizations or activities," he added.

Last week, 11 members of the Miami chapter of ACORN were accused of forging hundreds of voter registration cards before last year's presidential elections. Arrest warrants were issued for the 11 ACORN workers.

The Census Bureau on Friday severed ties with ACORN, which enlisted the organization to assist with public outreach.