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Nancy Pelosi chimes in on DOMA

Former Speaker sends letter to new Speaker


It looks like former speaker of the House of Representatives is weighing in on DOMA as well. According to Fox News' Greta Van Susteren, Pelosi intoned: "No institutional purpose is served by having the House of Representatives intervene in this litigation which will consume 18 months or longer..." She continues: "As we noted, the constitutionality of this statute will be determined by the Courts, regardless of whether the House chooses to intervene." (But legal defense work being done in the lower courts helps determine the judicial track of higher court thinking - surely she knows that).

Then she caps it with: "The American people want Congress to be working on the creation of jobs and ensuring the continued progress of our economic recovery rather than involving itself unnecessarily in such costly and divisive litigation."

The letter is in response to this week's decision by the The House Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG) to start defending the DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) legislation. It was passed in 1996 and signed into law by then-president Bill Clinton.

It may seem subtle, but it may be she is overlooking the fact that the House of Representatives is designed by America's founders to represent what "the American people want." Congress passed the law in 1996 and congress decided to defend the existing law in 2011, even when the president and the Department of Justice refused to do so.  Has there ever been a more clear statement than that made in November of 2010 that the "American people" want some things to be done differently? This congress was elected to express that will. And they made the decision to defend DOMA. Is it really only about jobs and the economy, then?

It seems like the new congress may be getting it. There are other issues on the table. Chuck Colson has been talking about that since September and there are articles peppered through both Breakpoint.org and ColsonCenter.org about that. For a really good read on it, you can also go to manhattandeclaration.org.

Now, the big question: Has the American church done enough on this issue yet to warrant a letter from the former Speaker, or anyone else?  Just wondering.







Comments:

What Congress can and cannot do
Congress has very little that they can do to create jobs - they run the government, not the economy. The best thing they can do is minimize obstacles (regulations, red tape, taxes) to the businesses that do create jobs. Plus enforce contract law and a predictable government environment.

But Congress can do quite a lot to enforce and defend laws, such as DOMA. In fact, that is their job. Not just as a response to the "will of the people" but as a matter of fidelity to the rule of law.
Congress and Jobs
Like my Grandfather said 35 years ago. We would be better off if we paid congress to stay at home based on what they have accomplished toward jobs and the economy in the last few years. And as far as the moral issues we have got to get them to do a better job. They are not listening; at least my representative is not. I have written him numerous times and called many more. Every time I get a response from him, I really can't believe that he heard a word I said.
Precisely how well is congress expected to do toward the creation of jobs and the continued progress toward economic recovery?