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House GOP Secretly Raises DOMA Defense Budget to $3 Million

John Boehner and House Republicans secretly increased their budget for the legal defense of DOMA to $3 million from its original limit of $500,000, inspiring a blistering letter from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, who did not find out about the budget increase until after it was finalized, Think Progress reports.

John_boehnerWrite Pelosi and Hoyer in the letter:

This is not the first time that House Republicans have made a unilateral decision to raise the ceiling on expenditures for this wasteful litigation that supports a discriminatory statute, without any public discussion or advance notice to Democratic members of the BLAG, Members of the House, or the public. This clandestine commitment of taxpayer funds is highly irregular and objectionable, and it must end now.

Let us be clear: these steps do not reflect the will of the House or the consensus of the BLAG.  Democrats do not support any decisions to invest taxpayer funds in defense of an indefensible law.  We remain united in our opposition to any effort to preserve, protect, and defend discrimination in our country.

From the start, the Republican-led campaign to defend DOMA has been a practice in futility and a waste of Americans’ hard-earned tax dollars.  The Republican-appointed, taxpayer-funded legal team has lost in every case.  Courts across the nation have stood on the side of justice and equality for all Americans.  DOMA is on its way into the dustbin of history.

It would be bad enough if Republicans were losing in court and accepting the result.  Yet it is the height of hypocrisy for House Republicans to waste public funds in one breath then claim the mantle of fiscal responsibility in the next.  With Republicans willing to take our economy and our country to the brink of default in the name of deficit reduction, there is simply no excuse for any Member of Congress to commit taxpayer dollars to an unnecessary – and futile – legal battle.

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  1. Boehner is a scum bag

    Posted by: Ted | Jan 15, 2013 5:27:58 PM

  2. The rich old farts and catholic bishops just cannot "say yes to a sin" -- so they give their money to right-wing greedy politicians. Everyone knows equality is inevitable, but they feel it is their duty to stop the tide.

    Posted by: Bob | Jan 15, 2013 5:43:39 PM

  3. Boehner and the Republican Party are extremist a$$holes.

    I wonder if the Log Cabin Uncle Toms will be taking out a full page NY Times and Washington Post advertisement to condemn this Republican extremism?

    If not then why not?

    Posted by: MaryM | Jan 15, 2013 5:44:29 PM

  4. Concur, MaryM.

    So much for being the party opposed to wasteful spending and caring about the economy, eh?

    LCR - to not condemn this is to prove everyone else right.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jan 15, 2013 5:51:51 PM

  5. Sooo... I thought the Republicans wanted each and every expenditure to be balanced by a cut somewhere else in the budget.

    What did they cut in order to come up with the $500k to pay for this pork barrel project of theirs? I'll just go over here and hold my breath until that information is released. I'm sure I'll be just fine...

    Posted by: MikeKV | Jan 15, 2013 6:51:15 PM

  6. "I wonder if the Log Cabin Uncle Toms will be taking out a full page NY Times and Washington Post advertisement to condemn this Republican extremism?"

    Exactly, MaryM. We'll see if they respond with appropriate outrage or if their outrage hovers in the ozone layer except to selectively swoop down when it suits their neo-con money boys.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jan 15, 2013 7:32:45 PM

  7. "Sooo... I thought the Republicans wanted each and every expenditure to be balanced by a cut somewhere else in the budget."

    Exactly MIKEKV! When it's something they want their faux deficit outrage dissapears. I'm sure they will take it out of funding for something they deem unworthy of their moral approval...single moms, poor children or something like that. God forbid they should take it out of the military where 3 million is a rounding error.

    Posted by: BETTY | Jan 15, 2013 9:07:43 PM

  8. @Bob: the "old farts", rich or not, are not going to be happy with Boehner pulling this stunt if they end up shutting down the government due to not coming to a budget agreement and stop sending social security checks because the government is pretending to have run out of money. About as Biblical as they will get will be in demanding that Boehner suffer John the Baptist's fate and have his head delivered on a silver platter. Check out for what Boehner can look forward to, although it won't be as dramatic in real life!

    Posted by: Bill | Jan 15, 2013 9:18:20 PM

  9. Republicans cannot find money to help Sandy victims, but they can find money to continue discrimination against citizens of the United States. One can only hope that voters have long memories.

    Posted by: ***** | Jan 15, 2013 10:08:33 PM

  10. Repugs in gerrymandered districts, Boner's boys are clutching at straws since Dems outpolled them nationwide. This is the last gasp of the party that used to be. Requiescat in flammas.

    Posted by: Onnyjay | Jan 15, 2013 10:39:41 PM

  11. There are better things to spend money on than defending DOMA - especially since the Supreme Court will eventually rule it unconstitutional anyway. Letting DOMA go undefended would be one way the Republicans could show that they've accepted the reality staring them in the face - gay equality is about to happen one way or another and they need to start gracefully accepting it. Party leaders will have their work cut out for them in trying to get the most conservative elements of the party to let go of homophobic policies. But they have to start this task sooner or later.

    Posted by: Mary | Jan 15, 2013 11:00:44 PM

  12. This is a slush fund. This $$$ is going to their legal cronies and they are likely getting it back in private accounts.

    Posted by: William | Jan 15, 2013 11:08:09 PM

  13. @Onnyjay: make that "Requiescant in flammis," so it can apply to the individuals, not the party as a single entity. There's more than one member so we need to use the third person, active subjunctive plural. Also "in flammis" because The Latin word "in" translates to "into" when it has an accusative object, so maybe the dative plural is better. Such a fussy language!

    Posted by: Bill | Jan 15, 2013 11:18:22 PM

  14. Once again an excellent example that the US political system is broken.

    HOW on earth can ANY budget be approved or changed without people being allowed to vote on it ? HOW is it legal for this all to be done in private ? WHY do we bother paying politicians to go and work in the House if they aren't actually allowed to vote or be included in legislation ?

    It's time to scrap the whole system and start again.

    We also need a way to eject non performing Supreme Court justices. We have two right now who should be fired and we have no way of doing it. BROKEN, badly designed, failing system.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Jan 16, 2013 12:06:13 AM

  15. @Icebloo: You might enjoy a comment that Thomas Jefferson once made in one of his letters: "Some men look at constitutions with sanctimonious reverence, and deem them like the arc of the covenant, too sacred to be touched; who ascribe to the men of the preceding age a wisdom more than human, and suppose what they did to be beyond amendment. Let us follow no such examples, nor weakly believe that one generation is not as capable as another of taking care of itself, and of ordering its own affairs. Each generation is as independent as the one preceding, as that was of all which had gone before."

    Basically, Thomas Jefferson was saying, "if it is broken, fix it."

    Posted by: Bill | Jan 16, 2013 12:35:36 AM

  16. Would it get me into trouble with the CIA and the FBI if I said that I really, really, REALLY want to punch John Boehner in the face?

    Posted by: Rick A. | Jan 16, 2013 9:57:03 AM

  17. Spend $$$ for ignorance and bigotry but make cuts to Social Security and Medicare? Yeah, where are you gop pigs taking this $$$ from?

    Posted by: mmike1969 | Jan 16, 2013 9:24:42 PM

  18. How do you spell hypocricy? REPU.......

    Posted by: billmiller | Jan 17, 2013 10:49:49 PM

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