Chris Geidner at BuzzFeed reports:
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer blasted House Republican leaders Tuesday for their continued legal support for the Defense of Marriage Act — which Republicans have now authorized $3 million to defend.
“This clandestine commitment of taxpayer funds is highly irregular and objectionable, and it must end now,” the pair wrote in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner. Calling Republicans’ efforts “a practice in futility and a waste of Americans’ hard-earned tax dollars,” Pelosi and Hoyer’s latest criticism comes as the House Administration Committee chair, Rep. Candice Miller of Michigan, on Jan. 4 approved the defense of the 1996 law by Bancroft PLLC’s Paul Clement to reach costs of $3 million.
For a party that prides itself on fiscal responsibility and small government, this reckless and intrusive waste of tax-payer money to essentially buy the affection of a special interest group (the Religious Right) is hypocrisy at its finest. On the plus side, by continuing its crusade against LGBT relationships, the GOP is showing it learned nothing from the elections and continues to define itself as a minority party of the past.
The rush to fund the legal fight against DOMA is indicative of how extreme the national GOP has become. Another indicator that they have lost their marbles is that a long-time GOP interest group, Big Business, is exasperated by the Party’s gaggle of ideologues and political extremism.
America needs two sane political parties to function at a high level. The GOP is simply unfit to tackle the serious challenges America faces today and in the future.