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House GOP Secretly Bumped Anti-Gay Budget To $2 Million

LundgrenHouse Speaker John Boehner and his fellow Republicans are constantly harping on about the national deficit and financial responsibility, yet they're more than happy to pump millions into their ideologically-driven mission to "defend" DOMA, the law barring federal recognition of same-sex marriages.

Roll Call reported today that House GOP leaders secretly upped the cap amount they were allowed in their pursuit of injustice from $1.5 million already spent to $2 million.

The budget bump was given a green light by Rep. Dan Lungren (pictured), the House Administration Chairman, on September 28. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi didn't catch wind of the raise until today.

Chris Johnson at the Washington Blade asked Boehner today, before the $2 million story broke, whether he would ask for more funds, to which Boehner said, “If the Justice Department is not going to enforce the law of the land, then Congress will," even though the Obama administration does indeed still enforce DOMA.

Maybe the topic will came up during Obama and Boehner's conversation today about the so-called "fiscal cliff"?

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  1. They pretty much had to. They were out of money and have to do some work for SCOTUS now.

    Posted by: Steve | Dec 13, 2012 7:51:32 PM

  2. Having been defeated in his bid for reelection Mr Lungren will be making no more decisions in the House come January. That's nice to know, at least.

    Posted by: Glenn I | Dec 13, 2012 8:00:02 PM

  3. This is what Republicans do - it's their way of legally taking a pile of taxpayer's money and putting it in their own and their friend's pockets. The lawyers they are giving this money to are their family and friends and when election time comes this money will be handed back to the Republican politicians from these lawyers so they can then use it in their campaigns. It's basically the taxpayer's funding the Republican Party AGAIN.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Dec 13, 2012 8:29:15 PM

  4. Nice Jazz hands, Dan...

    Posted by: RONTEX | Dec 13, 2012 8:37:07 PM

  5. Funny how we're not "broke" when Boner and his fascist band of a$$holes wants to persecute people.

    Posted by: SoLeftImRight | Dec 13, 2012 8:48:34 PM

  6. You're not equal, and we're going to spend federal money to make sure you're never equal, but please pay your taxes. Right.

    Posted by: John Bisceglia | Dec 13, 2012 9:40:48 PM

  7. Actually Obama administration should defend DOMA but in such a way to subvert the case and lose it on purpose. It will make Boner cry again.

    Posted by: simon | Dec 13, 2012 9:53:02 PM

  8. These Republicans have backed themselves into an ugly corner. They have no choice but to continue to throw more money to the legal team they hired to litigate these cases. To pull out now would be a sign of weakness. They must pursue it to the bitter end. It's sad. But not surprising. One day, they will be judged to be as bigoted as the southern Democrats who battled against desegregation.

    Posted by: Joe in CT | Dec 13, 2012 10:40:24 PM

  9. Repiglicons are done...on both sides. Which part didn't they understand - the "Buh" or the "Bye".

    Posted by: Geoff | Dec 13, 2012 10:42:23 PM

  10. No surprise that Dan Lungren was involved. At one point, he was California's attorney general. He was not only pro death penalty, he was pro gas chamber to the point of wanting to "prove" that the use of a gas chamber is humane by torturing rats by "colon balloon distension" and measuring the point at which they squeal, varying whether the rats are exposed to cyanide or not. He didn't like lethal injection - too wimpy, I guess.

    You can find an on-line article at (search for Lungren, and then note that this web page quotes the San Francisco Examiner, 10/24/1993).

    I remembered it because, at the time, aside from the death-penalty issue, I took it as an indication that this guy is a real loon. The test isn't even good scientifically - Lungren did not explain how to determine if the cyanide simply made it more difficult for the rats to squeal. It's not like you can ask them, even if you are one figuratively.

    Posted by: Bill | Dec 13, 2012 11:41:26 PM

  11. The US political system is SO broken and SO corrupt. How the hell can one political party raise a budget like this with no debate and no public knowledge of it ? What else is happening that we aren't being told ?

    This is OUTRAGEOUS ! The Republicans responsible for this need to be in jail for fraud and corruption. This is no their money to just use as they like - this is TAXPAYER money ! They are a disgrace. The party who claim to be "fiscally conservative" are happy to waste our money on one of their extreme right wing agenda items. Why aren't they using their OWN money to further their agenda ?

    Posted by: Icebloo | Dec 13, 2012 11:48:03 PM

  12. Lcr/go"proud"?

    Posted by: rick scatorum | Dec 14, 2012 3:02:44 AM

  13. The headline of this story says it all...
    They are willing to spend money on losing causes, but never for working class blue collar or union workers. Even though they are constantly wrong, as long as the right wing controls their money... they will never give in to reality. There is a need in America for a major 3rd political party for unsatisfied middle of the road republicans and independents.

    Posted by: Jerry Pritikin aka The Bleacher Preacher | Dec 14, 2012 7:23:16 AM

  14. Gay republicans are stupid.

    Posted by: Reality | Dec 14, 2012 7:26:38 AM

  15. 2014 can't come soon enough to undo the damage to democracy the Repugs have wrought on our nation.

    Posted by: DC Arnold | Dec 14, 2012 8:18:20 AM

  16. These people are awful! They are using our own tax dollars to undermine our rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. So slimy.

    Posted by: ChicagoJeff | Dec 14, 2012 12:06:33 PM

  17. How did it takes so long for Pelosi to learn about it?

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Dec 15, 2012 3:50:44 AM

  18. Sounds like they raised their 'special' debt ceiling, losing case after case. With case ties to SCOTUS/DOMA - gotta get their 'we love to discriminate using the law' legal team back on payroll. Butthead Boehner.

    Posted by: RexT | Dec 18, 2012 10:12:55 PM

  19. Sounds like they raised their 'special' debt ceiling, losing case after case. With case ties to SCOTUS/DOMA - gotta get their 'we love to discriminate using the law' legal team back on payroll. Butthead Boehner.

    Posted by: RexT | Dec 18, 2012 10:12:57 PM

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