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Boehner to Announce DOMA Defense by Week’s End

Jim Burroway

February 28th, 2011

So much for focusing on the budget:

Asked if the House would appoint a special counsel to defend the law itself in the White House’s stead, Boehner said, “It’s an option being considered” and added that he would likely have a decision on how to proceed “by the end of the week.”

“I’d be very surprised if the House didn’t decide that they were going to defend the law,” Boehner said. Surprisingly, he suggested that the move was likely beneficial to Democrats in the next election.

House Speaker John Boehner also spoke to David Brody of Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network over the weekend:

David Brody; “Rick Santorum says that the Speaker of the House should appoint a counsel representing the House of Representatives to take up the case and argue DOMA in federal court. Is that a good idea?”

Speaker John Boehner: “It’s an option being considered.”

David Brody: ”And on these options the bottom line is that something is going to happen from the House and something will get done?”

Speaker John Boehner: “I’d be very surprised if the House didn’t decide that they were going to defend law.”

David Brody: “How frustrated are you with this President? Do you believe it’s an overreach to the point where it gets back to the Czar issue to a degree?”

Speaker John Boehner: “It strikes me as something that’s just as raw politics as anything I’ve seen knowing that a lot of people who believe in DOMA are probably not likely to vote for him and pandering to the other side on this issue.”

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Ryan
February 28th, 2011 | LINK

“It goes back to the Czar issue”. You can’t invent that level of stupid. You must be born with it. And of course Boehner’s right. This will definitely hurt Obama’s reelection chances in two years. But sometimes doing the right thing is costly.

Amicus
February 28th, 2011 | LINK

The Hill:

The Speaker said that appointing a counsel to represent the House and argue for DOMA in court, as former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) has demanded, is “being considered.” He also said that passing a new law or some other resolution are under consideration, and lawmakers will decide how to proceed by the end of this week.

Both the Office of Special Counsel and the Office of Independent Counsel are persecutory in nature. (Special Counsel it attached to the AG’s office, so…!).

That suggests they are going to need new legislation, if they do not get agreement to handle it through the House’s General Council, if that is even possible, right?

In addition to authorization, it appears likely they would need funding.

http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/28/usc_sup_01_28_10_II_20_40.html

Amicus
February 28th, 2011 | LINK

LOL! “persecutory” s/b “prosecutorial”

Priya Lynn
February 28th, 2011 | LINK

Ryan said “And of course Boehner’s right. This will definitely hurt Obama’s reelection chances in two years. But sometimes doing the right thing is costly.”.

Ryan, Boehner said this would be beneficial to Obama.

Ryan
February 28th, 2011 | LINK

Oh, you’re right. I read that last paragraph wrong. He claims people who support DOMA wouldn’t be voting for Obama anyway, which is pretty ridiculous. Look at how many people voted for Obama in California, but still voted yes on 8. This is a huge boon for the Republicans in 2012, and I’m sure Boehner knows it.

Stefano A
February 28th, 2011 | LINK

Did you really expect anything different?

After all, Boehner is an Ohio Republican.

Republicans who are so vehemently homophobic they even included anti-gay language in Senate Bill 5 which is Ohio’s anti-union bargaining bill.

See: ection 3101.01 of the Ohio Senate Bill 5 here.

Jerry
February 28th, 2011 | LINK

If they have to cut health care funding for women and children, where are they going to get the money for defending a crappy piece of legislation like DOMA.

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