Dem Leaders Demand Speaker Boehner Stop Using Taxpayer Money To Fight Against Disabled LGBT Veterans
Written by Instinct Staff |
Monday, 02 April 2012
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Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Whip Steny Hoyer have asked Speaker John Boehner to really think about what he's doing in his war against disabled American veteran Tracey Cooper-Harris. Is that asking too much?
Leader Pelosi and Hoyer have written a letter to Speaker Boehner requesting that he drop his DOMA-backed case against Cooper-Harris and her wife Maggie. Boehner is using taxpayer money to defend DOMA and see to it that Cooper-Harris, a vet who suffers from PTSD and multiple sclerosis, and her wife don't have access to spousal benefits from Veterans Affairs.
In the letter urging Boehner to be a decent human being for once, Pelosi and Hoyer write:
“[W]e strongly object to spending taxpayer money to intervene in this case against a decorated veteran, Tracey Cooper-Harris, and her spouse, Maggie Cooper-Harris. This decision clearly exceeds the scope of the original BLAG authorization, with which we initially disagree.
"This intervention once again puts the House of Representatives on the wrong side of the future – supporting discrimination, unfairness, and the denial of basic equality to all Americans. We have objected to prior decisions by the House Republican BLAG members to spend hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to defend discrimination. This latest decision not only ignores the civil rights of LGBT Americans but opens a new, direct assault on veterans. The men and women of our Armed Forces serve with courage and dignity on behalf of our safety and security. They risk their lives for the country they love – and they should not face prejudice at home because of whom they love. These brave soldiers deserve nothing less than our gratitude, our respect, and the benefits they have earned in battle."
Pelosi and Hoyer will ask the House BLAG members to vote on Boehner's decision to use taxpayer money to discriminate against American veterans and are requesting a full investigation from the House Administration and the House Ethics Committee.