The Committee on House Administration’s Ranking Democratic Member Robert A. Brady sent a letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner demanding clarification on the cost of the House Republican lawsuit against President Obama.
In a press release, Brady detailed his letter to Boehner,
“We certainly believe that the committee should have considered this contract in open session, which would have allowed us to debate the proposal in regular order,” states Brady in the letter addressed to Committee Chairman Candice Miller. “Since we had no opportunity to be heard before the committee approved the contract, we are posing the following questions…”
The letter proceeds to ask for clarification on the expenses and hourly rates, ambiguous subcontracting provisions, the use of uncompensated George Washington University law students and the potential for expanding this contract to include threatened lawsuits targeting the Administration’s recent Executive Action on immigration.
In his letter, Brady wrote that under the terms of Turley’s contract it is possible that the attorney will earn as much as three million taxpayer dollars for suing President Obama. The contract is vague, and Democrats want to know exactly how much the lawsuit is going to cost the taxpayers.
House Republicans have refused to tell the American people how much this partisan misuse of the judicial system is going to cost taxpayers. Boehner refuses to answer questions about the cost of the lawsuit and Democrats bring up a valid point. House Republican have not allowed debate on the contract.
Democrats will keep up the pressure as Boehner has admitted in the past that he is not trying to win the lawsuit. It was not a coincidence that Boehner tried to move the discussion back to suing the president the morning after Obama announced his executive orders on immigration. The lawsuit is a gimmick that is designed to distract, but Boehner’s gimmick is also continually coming back to haunt the Republican Party.
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