NEW YORK - (AP) - The government has asked a federal appeals courtin New York to temporarily block a judge's ruling that it wasunconstitutional for Congress to cut funding to the activist groupACORN.

A three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals inManhattan did not immediately rule on the request after hearing thearguments Tuesday.

Attorney Mark Stern argued for the Justice Department thatCongress did nothing wrong when it took action last year againstACORN after it identified widespread mismanagement.

Federal Judge Nina Gershon in Brooklyn had ruled twice in thelast six months that the cutoff of funding was unconstitutional.