House GOP Approves Funding to Defend DOMA, While Blocking Sandy Relief, Violence Against Women Act

Here are the priorities of House Republicans:

John_boehnerDespite a late-stage intervention by Vice President Joe Biden, House Republican leaders failed to advance the Senate's 2012 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, an embattled bill that would have extended domestic violence protections to 30 million LGBT individuals, undocumented immigrants and Native American women.

"The House leadership would not bring it up, just like they wouldn't bring up funding for Sandy [hurricane damage] last night," said Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), a key backer of the Senate version of the bill, in an interview with HuffPost. "I think they are still so kowtowing to the extreme on the right that they're not even listening to the moderates, and particularly the women, in their caucus who are saying they support this."

They did have time to support further anti-gay discrimination though by authorizing further funding to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA):

A GOP source told The Huffington Post that, during a closed-door meeting of the House Republican Conference, lawmakers gave a green light to including language in the 113th Congress rules package that authorizes the House legal team, known as the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG), to keep paying outside counsel to defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court. The proposed House rules package also states that BLAG continues to "speak for" the House in its defense of DOMA…

…A spokesman for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday slammed Republicans for taking "the extraordinary measure" of using the opening day rules package of the new Congress to authorize themselves to keep defending DOMA.

"Today, House Republicans will send a clear message to LGBT families: their fiscal responsibility mantra does not extend to their efforts to stand firmly on the wrong side of the future," said Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill.

Hammill also noted that the rules package "for the first time" explicitly states that BLAG speaks for the full House on DOMA matters — something he said is definitely not the case.


  1. TonyJazz says

    It appears that the Republican party has no interest in inclusion and anything besides rich white men.

    I’m glad that they continue to lose influence and continue to embarrass themselves…

  2. says

    If BLAG doesn’t speak for the full house then get to phuck out there and scream it from the rooftops.

    Enough with this softly softly approach; the Republicans are fascists, let’s call them what they are.

  3. Geoff says

    Republicans can’t (won’t) do anything right…ever. They (like Orcs) are consumed with hatred of EVERYTHING…including themselves (especially if they’re gay).

  4. Derick says

    This is a drastically misleading juxtaposition as the authorization to keep funding the lawyers defending DOMA was done back in September, not last week.

  5. Mike in nyc says

    I look forward to hearing the pathetic bottom feeders of GOProud
    and log cabin defend the GOP on this. Although they are busy doing propaganda for the Zionist land thieves these days.

  6. JJ says

    Whenever Republicans have a choice between violent and non-violent conflict resolution, they always support violence and undermine non-violence:

    voting – make it as hard as possible
    Stand Your Ground – spread it far and wide
    domestic violence – who cares
    shootings – fight guns with more guns!
    Social Security – I’ve got mine. You’re on your own, suckers!
    military – no higher spending priority

  7. Daniel in MO says

    No Derick, this is another authorization to provide additional funding now that the Supreme Court has agreed to hear two of the Windsor case. They just couldn’t make the previous 1.5 million last.

  8. Paul says

    The Right Wing Christian Nazis just screwed New Jersey so they could screw women and LGBT people in America. Time to get a gun and get ready for the new Right Wing Christian Dictatorship. You know what Hitler and his Catholic Nazis did, well it was fight or die and millions of fools laid down and got screwed. This time you have a chance to fight back if you don’t want to get killed. Get ready.

  9. Jessica Naomi says

    Three heterosupremacists get to steal taxes from LGBT Americans to defend the unconstitutional Discriminatory Offensive Marriage Attack (DOMA) denying MILLIONS of American citizens fundamental human rights to marry
    Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group is a five-member panel consisting of the Speaker of the House, Majority Leader, Majority Whip, Minority Leader, and Minority Whip. Under House rules, the advisory group has the authority to instruct the non-partisan office of the House General Counsel to take legal action on behalf of the House of Representatives.

  10. Diogenes Arktos says

    I’m shocked the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group is actually bipartisan – after all, the Minority Leader seemed to be out of the loop about the group’s funding.

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