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Boehner triples cost cap for defending ‘Defense of Marriage Act’ in court

CHRIS JOHNSON | Washington Blade
Tuesday, October 4, 2011

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House has tripled the cost cap for the legal expenses of hiring a private attorney to defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court to reach a potential total sum of $1.5 million.

According to recently approved contract modification dated Sept. 30, House General Counsel Kerry Kircher has agreed to pay Bancroft LLC private attorney Paul Clement a sum not to exceed $750,000 to defend DOMA, but this cap may be raised to $1.5 million under written notice.

“It is further understood and agreed that, effective October 1, 2011, the aforementioned $750,000.00 cap may be raised from time to time up to, but not exceeding, $1.5 million, upon written notice of the General Counsel to the Contractor specifying that the General Counsel is legally liable under this Agreement for a specific amount,” the contract modification states.

The contract modification is signed by Committee of House Administration Chair Dan Lungren (R-Calif.) as well as Kircher and Clement.

The Obama administration in February announced that it would no longer defend DOMA, which prohibits federal recognition of same-sex marriage, against litigation in court.

After the House’s Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group voted a 3-2 in March along a party-line basis to take up defense of DOMA, U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) directed Kircher to defend the law and hired Clement, a U.S. solicitor general for former President George W. Bush, for assistance in defending the statute. The initial contract hired Clement to defend the law at a blended rate of $520 an hour and initial total cost cap of $500,000.

In addition to raising the cost cap to $1.5 million, the contract modification also opens the door for further increases upon agreement of the parties involved.

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25 more reader comments:

  1. Absolutely negligent they are spending this much money on something that is going to happen. Equality will happen, they are just delaying the inevitable .. waste of taxpayers money.. OUR Money being used to stop our rights

    Posted on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 12:46pm
  2. SAVE MONEY REPEALL IT!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 12:47pm
  3. And this is the party that is against frivolous government spending? Idiots

    Posted on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 12:48pm
  4. The man’s last name says it all. I don’t care if he pronounces it “baner.”

    Posted on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 12:50pm
  5. I really HATE this man!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 12:51pm
  6. Waste of tax payer money that seems completely backwards because Boehner and his buddies are running for less spending and lower taxes HYPOCRITS!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 12:51pm
  7. WHY?

    Posted on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 12:55pm
  8. LMAO so they can’t produce jobs or economic recovery … they want to continue to cut taxes on higher incomes and increase taxes to middle class and they want to cancel all medicare benefits … and now they want to spend 1.5 million on a case that the white house won’t defend? … Why are these people still in office? Impeach all of them and move on …. it’s time.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 12:59pm
  9. He’s the biggest douche in washington

    Posted on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 1:02pm
  10. Oh Mr. Boner can find $$ for this but not for jobs. Idiot!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 1:02pm
  11. Just sent him a sweet little letter telling him DOMA is a POS and unconstitutional.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 1:03pm
  12. i wish we could impeach. maybe we should hire attorneys to sue them for defending DOMA. doesn’t this really deny us equal rights and these government idiots are denying us equal rights. they are taking my tax dollars to deny me rights, this is outright treasonous.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 1:12pm
  13. but, but, but . . . . won’t this INCREASE the deficit?!?!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 1:21pm
  14. Maybe Boner should be a post partum abortion? Party wise, republican foolish! Idiots! Push him into some ‘crosshairs’.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 1:32pm
  15. -_-

    Posted on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 1:32pm
  16. Again, I’m never voting for this douche. Or any of the other republican candidates. I’m willing to try another 4 years with Obama. Long as he can take care of everything else besides us.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 3:02pm
  17. Yeah, because we don’t know what else to spend our money on…education, for example, which this guy desperately needs.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 3:14pm
  18. It’s cuz his name is Boner he’s automatically a huge dick ROFL

    Posted on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 4:06pm
  19. In other news, people are starving all accross the world…

    Posted on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 4:27pm
  20. Well, they’re finally doing something about jobs…for lawyers.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 4:27pm
  21. Wasn’t this nimrod recently braying about saving money and cost containment? Right.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 5:28pm
  22. so this is where my money is goin to

    Posted on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 8:07pm
  23. Impeach Boehner for wasting US taxpayer money over a trivial item.

    And ask him who’s giving him a kickback, too.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at 4:32pm
  24. These kooks are willing to spend a whopping ONE POINT FIVE MILLION on preventing equality and yet has the AUDACITY to whine about Obama not being able to fix America’s economy? And Americans are actually oblivious to believe them?

    Posted on Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at 8:24pm
  25. *oblivious enough

    Posted on Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at 8:24pm