House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi observed today that Speaker John Boehner has racked up nearly $1.5 million in taxpayer-funded legal bills to an outside law firm to defend the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA):
“For more than a year, Speaker Boehner and Congressional Republicans have committed valuable taxpayer dollars to defending discrimination and preserving inequality – only to lose case after case in their effort to uphold the Defense of Marriage Act. There is nothing effective or efficient about this utter abuse of the people’s trust or the public purse; it is simply wasteful and wrong, and Americans deserve better.”
Speaker Boehner likes to say that Congressional Republicans are focused on ensuring taxpayer dollars are “used efficiently and effectively.” Reality proves otherwise.
It is unconscionable for Speaker Boehner to continue stand on the wrong side of history and waste taxpayer dollars in this reprehensible fight to appease Tea Party conservatives.
|DOMA LEGAL BILLS|
|April 25 – May 31||$147,491.00|
|June 1 – July 31||$358,736.58|
|Aug. 1 – Sept. 30||$195,977.99|
|Total FY 2011||$702,205.57|
|Oct. 1 – Jan. 31||$246,157.38|
|Feb. 1 – May 31||$234,345.42|
|June 1 – 30||$96,051.01|
|July 1 – Aug 15||$169,237.35|
|Total FY 2012||$745,791.16|
Current as of 10/9/12
Source: Committee on House Administration Democrats