In a letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag, Reps. Darrell Issa and Lamar Smith urge the OMB to enforce a Second Court of Appeals ruling handed down earlier this week that declared an emergency stay on the funding of ACORN. Specifically, the letter requests that Orszag rescind a March 16 directive that allowed federal agencies dole out federal funds to ACRORN. Orszag handed down the directive based on a March 10 ruling after the Eastern District Court of New York ruled that “various congressional spending prohibitions relating to ACORN were unconstitutional bills of attainder.”
The Second Circuit clearly didn’t agree, and now Issa and Smith would like to see its ruling enforced with equal promptness.
The ruling reads:
Appelants move for an emergency stay pending appeal of the district court order granting the Appellees a declatory judgment declaring certain acts of Congress unconstitutional under the Bill of Attainder Clause and permanently adjoining the government from enforcing those acts. Upon due consideration, it is hereby ORDERED that the motion is GRANTED and the appeal is EXPEDITED.
This will only get more confusing. Hold on to your tinfoil hats!