Washington, D.C. -- Drew Hammill, spokesman for Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, issued the following statement on an amendment by Congressman Huelskamp of Kansas to the Commerce-Justice-Science appropriations bill that would bar the Justice Department from using any funds to oppose the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) (P.L. 104-199) in court. This amendment passed the House late this evening by a vote of 245 to 171.
'On an historic day and in the dark of night, House Republicans have voted to tie the hands of the Obama Administration with respect to their efforts to end discrimination against America's families.
“House Republicans continue to plant their feet firmly on the wrong side of history. Republican leaders refuse to bring up a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act that includes critical domestic violence protections for the LGBT community, and Speaker Boehner continues his legal boondoggle to use taxpayer funds to defend the indefensible Defense of Marriage Act in court, including cases involving the families of our men and women of our U.S. Armed Forces. These discriminatory actions only serve to advance fundamental unfairness in our society and are against the principles of liberty and equality that our country is built upon.'