Posted on Advocate.com March 11, 2011
Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is calling on House speaker John Boehner to make public the estimated cost of hiring private attorneys as part of the Republican leadership’s defense of the Defense of Marriage Act.
“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,” Pelosi wrote in a Friday letter to the speaker.
Earlier this week, Pelosi and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, the two Democrats on the five-member House Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group, voted against authorizing the House to defend the 1996 law in court.
The advisory group’s three Republican members — Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy — all voted to authorize the House general counsel to intervene in multiple federal lawsuits against DOMA as well as retain outside counsel (full text of the vote can be found here).
Atty. Gen. Eric Holder announced last month that the Obama administration concluded that section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.
Pelosi’s letter, in full: