Mike Honda, a Democrat representing California’s Silicon Valley, wants a House hearing to address the rapidly rising price tag for keeping the Defense of Marriage Act alive — where legal bills could now total $1.5 million.
Honda is a ranking member of the House Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee. In a letter sent yesterday to the Subcommittee’s Chairman — Ander Crenshaw (R-Florida) — Honda asked for a hearing so the American people can understand why the House is spending taxpayers’ money on the defense of DOMA.
Initially, House leadership agreed to spend no more than $500,000 on legal services for DOMA. The House general counsel upped that amount to $750,000, then said up to $1.5 million can be spent with written consent.
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