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Wednesday, 28 March 2012 20:43

Democrats Critize Republicans Funding To Defend DOMA

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During a House Appropriations Legislative Branch subcommittee hearing on the fiscal 2013 budget request for several government agencies, a battle between Democrats and Republicans on DOMA started.

The Democrats wonder about the resources to defend DOMA.

As reports The Hill, subcommittee ranking member Mike Honda (D-Calif.) questioned CAO Daniel Strodel as to where he had gotten the funds that were later transferred to the House’s Office of General Counsel.

Strodel testified that the money had come from the House Salaries, Officers and Employees account. The Department of Justice had not contributed any funds to the House’s defense of the law.

Honda questioned why, in a time of increasing congressional fiscal austerity, the House could find funding for an “unconstitutional law that separates all of us.”

Last year, already, Democrats asked why Republicans invest so much money:

"We call on the Republican Leadership to explain why they will invest in protecting discrimination and how any of this can put Americans back to work," they demanded.

"At a time when Americans are hurting and job creation should be the top priority, it just shows how out of touch House Republicans have become that they would spend up to $1.5 million dollars to defend discrimination in our country," Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said in October.


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