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Boehner to hire private lawyers to defend DOMA - Pelosi wants to know how much money he''s going to waste

And she's right. Private lawyers?! Imagine the amount of money that's going to cost, to have private lawyers defend DOMA for years. They're going to milk the House dry. Of course, the cheaper option is just to have the House's own lawyers defend DOMA - that would still cost a sizable amount of money, but it's far cheaper than hiring outside private lawyer.

It must be nice to sit on such a fat cash cow, and be able to spend the people's money on bigotry at the same time you're demanding we cut everything back.

March 11, 2011

The Honorable John Boehner

Speaker of the House

H-232, The Capitol

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Mr. Speaker:

The House Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG) voted this week by a 3-2 margin to direct the House General Counsel to initiate a legal defense of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). As you know, the Democratic members of the BLAG voted against directing the House Counsel to initiate the costly defense of a statute which many believe to be unconstitutional under the Equal Protection clause.

While respecting the role of the BLAG to make such decisions, I disagree in this circumstance because of the number of cases, at least 10. There are numerous parties who will continue to litigate these ongoing cases regardless of the involvement of the House. No institutional purpose is served by having the House of Representatives intervene in this litigation which will consume 18 months or longer. As we noted, the constitutionality of this statute will be determined by the Courts, regardless of whether the House chooses to intervene.

The resolution passed by the BLAG also directs the House General Counsel to hire private lawyers rather than utilize his own office to represent the House. The General Counsel indicated that he lacked the personnel and the budget to absorb those substantial litigation duties. It is important that the House receive an estimate of the cost to taxpayers for engaging private lawyers to intervene in the pending DOMA cases. It is also important that the House know whether the BLAG, the General Counsel, or a Committee of the House have the responsibility to monitor the actions of the outside lawyers and their fees.

The American people want Congress to be working on the creation of jobs and ensuring the continued progress of our economic recovery rather than involving itself unnecessarily in such costly and divisive litigation.

Thank you for your responses to these questions concerning the cost and oversight of the litigation as it proceeds through the courts.

best regards,

NANCY PELOSI

Democratic Leader

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by Anonymousreply 1003/12/2011

The cheapest thing would be to act like a true Republican and keep government out of peoples' lives.

by Anonymousreply 103/11/2011

Nancy's letter will be the last anyone will hear of this controversy. The Republicans will have it suppressed in the media and the Dems will be too chicken to call it to the attention of the public.

by Anonymousreply 203/11/2011

You know what's funny about this story?%0D %0D If it was Boehner criticizing Pelosi, it would be front page news, and all over FOX, CNN, and MSNBC, Yahoo, and AOL.%0D %0D Interestingly, since it's a Democrat criticizing a Republican, this story is NOWHERE to be found in the mainstream.%0D %0D Funny how that works, huh?

by Anonymousreply 303/11/2011

Shouldn't Boner be working on getting Americans back to work?

by Anonymousreply 403/12/2011

House Speaker John Boehner doesn't care about getting people back to work. He only cares about his own interests and giving more money to the rich.

by Anonymousreply 503/12/2011

Her question is a good one.

by Anonymousreply 603/12/2011

Cry baby Pelosi, it won't come close to what she wasted and would still be wasting. Does she know that Rejuvaderm can cause health problems? And her hair dye usage can also.

Pelosi needs to get a grip, Boehner is WINNING! Pelosi is a TROLL!

by Anonymousreply 703/12/2011

R#, you are absolutely correct. However,when the media doesn't report something, it is often becaue the "squeaky wheel" doesn't make noise. It is the responsibility of the Democrats to bring this to the people. How does anyone think the Republican bitching get publicity? They have a unified front and keep repeating the same mantra over and over. The dems, in the spirit of bi-partisanship ( read "cowardice") don't say anything.So, why should the news report something that the Dems don't even find important enough to bring to them?

by Anonymousreply 803/12/2011

God forbid the Democrats should draw the public's attention to their (weak) defense of the gays.%0D %0D %0D Not a vote-getter, I guess.

by Anonymousreply 903/12/2011

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by Anonymousreply 1003/12/2011
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