Agencies May Still Have To Pay ACORN
Just a quick follow-up to the ACORN posting from last week.
The Justice Department in a new memo said the recent law that prohibits funding for the controversial nonprofit does not prevent federal agencies – specifically HUD – from honoring existing contractual obligations with ACORN.
The fiscal 2010 Continuing Appropriations Resolution states, “None of the funds made available by this joint resolution or any prior act may be provided to [ACORN], or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries or allied organizations.”
Justice said the language used by Congress is unclear and can be read several ways. The memo says lawmakers did not use correct appropriations terminology, instead relying on the word “provide” which has no specified meaning in federal appropriations law.
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