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.