A federal appeals court on Wednesday handed the government a victory by temporarily blocking a judge's finding that Congress was wrong to halt federal funding to the activist group ACORN.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan also agreed to expedite the government's appeal of U.S. District Judge Nina Gershon's rulings that the funding cutoff was unconstitutional. Oral arguments were likely to occur before July.
The appeals court's one-paragraph decision to freeze Gershon's two rulings that found Congress acted unconstitutionally will remain in place until the 2nd Circuit rules on the merits of the government's appeal. It acted a day after hearing arguments.
The government had argued that it was necessary to block the Brooklyn judge's ruling to ensure that federal agencies weren't required to commit funds that haven't been appropriated by Congress. It said Congress did the same as several states and localities when it tried to protect federal funds by stopping certain federal agencies from pledging money to ACORN and its affiliates because of evidence of systemic mismanagement by the group.