Democratic Leaders Blast Republicans For Setting Aside $3M To Defend DOMA

January 15, 2013

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer blasted House Republican leaders Tuesday for their continued legal support for the Defense of Marriage Act — for which Republicans have now authorized $3 million to defend.
"This clandestine commitment of taxpayer funds is highly irregular and objectionable, and it must end now," the pair wrote in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner. Calling Republicans' efforts "a practice in futility and a waste of Americans' hard-earned tax dollars," Pelosi and Hoyer's latest criticism comes as the House Administration Committee chair, Rep. Candice Miller of Michigan, on Jan. 4 approved the defense of the 1996 law by Bancroft PLLC's Paul Clement to reach costs of $3 million.