Boehner to spend up to $500,000 to defend DOMA

By Megan Carpentier
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 13:10 EDT
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In response to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) demands that House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) release the cost to taxpayers of the Republicans’ legal defense of the Defense of Marriage Act — which the Department of Justice earlier declined to defend — the contract signed with former Bush solicitor general Paul Clement has been released. Josh Gerstein of Politico reports that Clement and his firm will earn up to $520 per hour and up to a total of $500,000 to defend the law in court.

By way of contrast, Title X funding for family planning and cancer screening, the argument over which nearly shut down the government earlier this month, costs the government $327 million in total each year.

Boehner has said that he wants to strip the cost of the DOMA defense from the Department of Justice’s operating budget. The DOJ requested a 2012 discretionary budget of $28.2 billion in February.

Megan Carpentier
Megan Carpentier is the executive editor of Raw Story. She previously served as an associate editor at Talking Points Memo; the editor of news and politics at Air America; an editor at Jezebel.com; and an associate editor at Wonkette. Her published works include pieces for the Washington Post, the Washington Independent, Ms Magazine, RH Reality Check, the Women's Media Center, On the Issues, the New York Press, Bitch and Women's eNews.
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