House GOP screams budget cuts, then moves to continue funding DOMA defense
John Boehner’s office says funding defense of discrimination is necessary to “to protect our system of checks and balances” — to the tune of $1.7 million dollars pickpocketed from the taxpayers during touch economic times.
These clowns have zero credibility — and prove it over and over. Buzzfeed’s Chris Geidner:
The House of Representatives will continue to allow the House Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group to defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act in the 113th Congress, according to rules adopted by the House Thursday on a 228-196 vote.
The vote approving the new rules, done as one of the first actions of the new Congress, is the first time that the entire House has acted to approve the House’s defense of DOMA and comes as the Supreme Court is considering one of the challenges to the law. One Republican voted against the rules.
And why is it necessary? Please protect thy keyboards.
Boehner spokesman Michael Steel, however, downplayed the significance of the action, putting the blame on the Obama administration for its decision not to defend the law. We continue to believe the constitutionality of the law should be judged by the court, not the president unilaterally — and will provide the resources needed to protect our system of checks and balances,” Steel told BuzzFeed.
The response by advocates of the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act came swiftly. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi:
Republicans will take the extraordinary measure of including an authorization of their efforts to defend DOMA in the Rules of the House of Representatives and by doing so, continue to spend taxpayer funds, already adding up to $1.7 million, in their attempts to defend this shameful law in federal courts and the Supreme Court.
My favorite reaction came from out gay member of Congress, Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO):
“House Republicans in this rule are seeking to authorize lawyer fees for a costly federal takeover of marriage that would single out legally married couples for discriminatory treatment under federal law…At least when Democrats spend money, we build roads and bridges, educate kids, provide health care. This Republican spending goes right into the pocket of lawyers. Big spending Republicans on day one spending millions of dollars of taxpayer money on a federal takeover of marriage and a lawyer stimulus — wrong foot to start off on.”
And the Log Cabin Republicans were incensed as well — LCR Interim Executive Director, Gregory T. Angelo:
At a time when sound fiscal policy should be front-and-center, diverting taxpayer funds to defend the Federal Defense of Marriage Act should not be a priority, period. But the beltway buzz about Congressional Rules ignores the big picture: this debate would be nonexistent if DOMA was repealed. Following a week in which Republican Congressmen Richard Hanna and Charlie Bass joined Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen in support of the Respect for Marriage Act and DOMA repeal, we urge the Republican Congress to focus on our core tenets of small government and avoid engaging in distracting social issues that do nothing more than provide political fodder to the left.