Former Bush Solicitor General Paul Clement to Lead DOMA Defense; Boehner Wants DOJ Funds to Pay for It

Former Bush Solicitor General Paul Clement will lead the defense of the Defense of Marriage Act in court, the National Review reports.

Clement How much will it cost and where will the House GOP get the money to defend DOMA? Up till now, House Speaker John Boehner, who has been leading the charge to defend the discriminatory law, hasn't said much.

But he sent a letter to House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi today, CBS News reports:

According to Boehner, funds for defending DOMA should be diverted from the Department of Justice.

"Obviously, [the Department of Justice's] decision results in DOJ no longer needing the funds it would have otherwise expended defending the constitutionality of DOMA," he wrote on a letter released Monday. "It is my intent that those funds be diverted to the House for reimbursement of any costs incurred by and associated with the House, and not DOJ, defending DOMA."

Boehner's letter was addressed to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who is among the Democrats who have raised concerns about the cost of the House defending the law. It is not clear how much money Boehner would seek from DOJ, which has said in the past there is not a specific funding allocation for defending the law.

"I would welcome your joining me in support of redirecting those resources from the DOJ to the House that would otherwise have been necessary expenses on the Attorney General to defend this federal statute," wrote Boehner.

Boehner's appeal may largely be symbolic, since the Democrat-led Senate would have to approve the diversion of DOJ funds to the House – an unlikely prospect.

As I noted earlier, today is the deadline for the House to file a motion in Windsor v. United States of America, one of the major cases challenging DOMA.

Comments

  1. Rob says

    Does anyone know if indeed Clement or any other attorney working for Boehner has filed the House’s due-today motion in this DOMA case? If so or when it’s filed, I hope it’ll be posted on line so we can read the BS argument(s) the Repuggies put forth.

  2. SammySeattle says

    “Obviously, [the Department of Justice’s] decision results in DOJ no longer needing the funds it would have otherwise expended defending the constitutionality of DOMA,”

    Apparently Boehner has no understanding of budget allocation. The DOJ will find better use of the the portion of the budget that would have been wasted on indefensible challenges to DOMA.

  3. Chadd says

    When DOMA is found by the courts to be unconstitutional, as it should be (and hopefully will be), I hope all of these people, starting with Boner, are held accountable for wasting taxpayer money – regardless of which department footed the bill.

  4. Bart says

    Does Sobbing John not understand how government works? How Department allocations work? He can ask for the money but it’ll never happen. So he has a choice, a REAL choice: be a blatant hypocrite and waste more tax payers money on this or drop it.

    I’d like to think this a political move and when he doesn’t get the money he’ll find the nearest camera and claim that he wants to fight this but he’s looking out for the tax payers and won’t. Because if he spends millions and millions defendng it, and that’s what it will cost, it’s a political arrow aimed right at his re-election and the re-election of a lot of Republicans.

  5. chris says

    it’s the GOP’s last stand..they are attacking women, seniors and gays….a trifecta that will defeat them in the polls next election…especially since they have already lost Latino and African American support. The end is near.

  6. TampaZeke says

    @CHRIS, you DO realize that we’re talking about America, and AMERICANS, right?

    You seem to have no idea how ignorant, and even stupid, the average American voter can be.

    Besides, the GOP has already managed to steal one Presidential election that they didn’t win.

  7. says

    it’s the GOP’s last stand..they are attacking women, seniors and gays….a trifecta that will defeat them in the polls next election…especially since they have already lost Latino and African American support. The end is near.

    i agree.

  8. says

    it’s the GOP’s last stand..they are attacking women, seniors and gays….a trifecta that will defeat them in the polls next election…especially since they have already lost Latino and African American support. The end is near.

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