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Pelosi Spokesman Statement on Inclusion of DOMA Language in GOP Opening Day Rules Package

Washington, D.C. – Drew Hammill, spokesman for Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, released the following statement today on House Republicans’ decision to include language to continue to authorize the use of taxpayer funds to defend the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA):

“Today, House Republicans will send a clear message to LGBT families: their fiscal responsibility mantra does not extend to their efforts to stand firmly on the wrong side of the future.  Republicans will take the extraordinary measure of including an authorization of their efforts to defend DOMA in the Rules of the House of Representatives and by doing so, continue to spend taxpayer funds, already adding up to $1.7 million, in their attempts to defend this shameful law in federal courts and the Supreme Court.

“Additionally, for the first time in the House Rules, the Republican leadership has decided to include an explicit acknowledgement that the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG) ‘continues to speak for, and articulate the institutional position of, the House in all litigation matters in which it appears…’

“As House Democrats have time and time again made clear, the BLAG does not speak for all Members of the House of Representatives and we will continue to oppose this wasteful use of taxpayer funds to defend DOMA.”