John Boehner Committed Six Times As Much Government Money As He Originally Said He Would Defending DOMA

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Costs to defend the defence of Marriage Act have spiraled out of control over the past two years, as the case wound its way to the Supreme Court.

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives is paying the legal bills, which have accumulated to six times as much as originally anticipated.

$3 million has been authorised for the defence, compared to the initial $500,000. 

After the President announced that the Justice Department would no longer commit resources to the legal defence of DOMA in February 2011, House Speaker John Boehner  announced that the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG) of the U.S. House of Representatives would take up the defence of DOMA.

Originally, the funding for this legal defence was capped at $500,000. The House GOP paid former Solicitor General and conservative Supreme Court rockstar Paul Clement to defend DOMA.

That cap has been repeatedly raised as the costs of defending the 1996 law have continued to spiral upwards. By October 2012, the GOP defence had burned through almost the entire new cap of $1.5 million.

Then, as of January, House Republicans authorised up to $3 million in government spending for Clement to defend the law. 

All told, the House legal defence of the defence of Marriage Act cost six times as much as the House GOP leadership originally anticipated.

Today Clement is before the Supreme Court defending DOMA, so the final decision of the highest court in the land will show whether that was money well-spent. 

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