Republican House member secretly put $500k more into DOMA defense

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    Dec 13, 2012 11:41 PM GMT
    It's not waste when it's social issues, it seems. Spending problem indeed.
    http://www.rollcall.com/news/house_gop_boosts_funds_for_doma_legal_defense-219963-1.htmlHouse Administration Chairman Dan Lungren, R-Calif., signed off in September on a $500,000 increase in the maximum value of the contract with the firm, Washington-based Bancroft PLLC. Republicans have raised the cap of the contract twice: first on Sept. 29, 2011, from its original maximum of $500,000 to $1.5 million, and again on Sept. 28 to its new maximum of $2 million.

    Although the latest lifting of the contract cap occurred nearly three months ago, House Democrats — and the public — were in the dark about the move until this week. House Republicans did not share the revised contract with Democrats until Thursday, according to Drew Hammill, a spokesman for Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Hammill provided a copy of the contract modification to CQ Roll Call.

    Indeed, Democrats were so out of the loop that Pelosi’s office released figures on Oct. 16 showing that the taxpayer expenses for the defense of the law nearly had hit their cap of $1.5 million. But that was nearly three weeks after Lungren had raised the cap to $2 million.
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    Dec 13, 2012 11:47 PM GMT
    So what do US Republican RJ members have to say? Do they support this? Do they still want to vote for and support Republican members of Congress who pass these allocations of taxpayer money to defeat the overturn of DOMA?
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    Dec 14, 2012 1:13 PM GMT
    waterloonicetop saidwhy doesnt america just split into two countries already? you obviously cant get along, and it is costing you so so so much money, wouldnt you be happier as the united states of canada and bible land?

    I tend to agree. Establishing a United States of Jesus would be a good solution. Where bigotry & prejudice could reign unfettered, gays not exist (just like in Iran), women be chattel, Blacks slaves again, and the Old Testament become the Constitution.
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    Dec 24, 2012 11:44 PM GMT
    Disgusting!
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    Dec 24, 2012 11:46 PM GMT
    For the above comments, here's a fun book you may like: "Better Off Without 'Em" by Chuck Thompson. It actually discusses what would happen if the country split into 2 countries -- one red, one blue. Who would have cheaper manufacturing, better industrial base, better resources, etc. A fun read.