Friday, April 15, 2011

Congress to hold hearings on DOMA

Because they have nothing more important to do? From The Washington Blade:
A subcommittee in the Republican-controlled U.S. House is set on April 15 to hear testimony in a hearing titled “Defending Marriage.”...

As of [last] Friday, no witness list was posted on the committee website, nor was the intent the hearing immediately known. ...

Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), chair of the committee, has said President Obama could be impeached for his decision to drop his administration’s defense of the Defense of Marriage Act in court, and the upcoming hearing would likely represent his views.

In a March interview with Think Progress, Franks said he supports defunding the Justice Department if it doesn’t defend DOMA and added he would “absolutely” favor impeaching Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder if support for doing so “could gain collective support.”...

Drew Hammill, a Pelosi spokesperson, similarly chided the Republican majority for holding the hearing.

“From attacks on women’s health care to this ideological ‘hearing,’ Republicans are showing that the only thing they are interested in doing is promoting the divisive social policy of their extreme right wing,” Hammill said. “Republicans should abandon these foolish ideological quests and work on the American people’s top priority: creating jobs.”

Whether Boehner supports the hearing wasn’t immediately known. A Boehner spokesperson didn’t respond on short notice to the Blade’s request to comment on the hearing.

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