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Diatribe: Sneaky House Republicans Raise Limit Of Taxpayer Funding To Defend DOMA.

12/15/2012

DOMAThe agreed upon spending of resources, be they time or money, is an important aspect of an efficient budget.  Household budgets work in a similar fashion to budgets of business and of government budgets.  There must be discussions and negotiations to determine how existing and future resources can be used in the most beneficial manner possible.  Surely, if one partner spends $500,000 without telling the other it would be unacceptable.

House Republicans have quietly raised the value of a contract with a private law firm that is handling the chamber’s Supreme Court defense of the 1996 federal law that defines marriage as the union between a man and a woman.  Back in September, House Administration Chairman Dan Lungren (R-CA) signed off on a $500,000 increase in the maximum value of the contract with the law firm they’ve hired to defend the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

When the Obama administration announced in February 2011 that it would no longer defend the discriminatory law in court, the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group. A House panel, took on the case with a $500,000 budget.  That budget was raised to $1.5 million in September 2011 and raised again to $2,000,000 in September of this year.  Although the latest lifting of the maximum happened almost three months ago, House Democrats … and the public … were not informed until just this week.

“Hiding this contract from voters in the midst of an election season was a cynical move at best, and a betrayal of the public trust at worst.  Republicans should not be spending $2 million to defend discrimination in our country.” – Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-CA

On December 7th, the Supreme Court agreed to evaluate the constitutionality of DOMA, which prevents same-sex couples who are legally married under state laws from receiving dozens of federal benefits.  The court is expected to hear arguments in March, with a decision likely by the end of June.  In addition to evaluating the constitutionality of the statue itself, the court has asked whether the House has the standing to defend the measure in court.  This question could also increase the lawyers’ workload and could force Republicans to raise the contract maximum yet again in the future!

This makes me wonder what else they might be hiding from taxpayers.  Two million dollars is a lot of money … it’s taxpayers money that could certainly be spent more wisely.  It appears to me that, like a child hiding his or her actions from a parent, the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group knows that what they’re doing is unsavory at best.

Shame on them.

UPDATE 01/15/13: Boehner Secretly Agrees To Now Pay $3 Million Defending Marriage Discrimination Law.

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6 Comments
  1. They don’t want regulation, unless it is regulation that fits their religious dogma. They don’t want money spent, except in this case, where they do. Despicable.

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    • This particular congress remains dead set against anything and everything the President supports. It seems to me that the primary goal of the GOP is to halt progress until they think they’re in charge again.

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  2. Wasn’t it just after having their asses handed to them on election day last month, that the GOP declared they woul change, become more accepting, more tolerant, less anti-women, anti-Latino-immigrant, less anti-LGBT?

    It didn’t last long for them to revert to their same old dirty tricks,

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    • Apparently, this additional $500 increase happened last September (before the election) and they kept it quiet until just recently. Clearly, they understood that it might impact the decision of swing voters. Bad business indeed.

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  3. wcdameron permalink

    It makes me sick to think that I am paying someone to fight to keep my marriage illegal. Especially when there is so much hate in the world……why deny love?

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