63 MILLION Dollars!

December 17th, 2009at 12:47pm Posted by Eli

That is the staggering sum that it would take to extend benefits to the domestic partners of gay and lesbian federal government employees.  Why, I bet that eclipses even the Defense Department’s annual stapler budget!  No wonder a totally not-homophobic budget hawk like Joe Lieberman opposes it – he’s all about the fiscal responsibility:

“I believe this legislation is really on the right side of history,” Lieberman said. “The basic point here is federal employees should not have to choose between their commitment to federal public service and their commitment to their families because they get fewer protections for their families than they could receive from private employers.”

(See?  Totally Not Homophobic!)

Lieberman and [Republican Senator Susan] Collins said they were happy to see the bill move forward, but they would not seek time on the Senate calendar for debate until OPM explained how it planned to pay for the benefits it would begin providing to the domestic partners of gay and lesbian federal employees.

(…)

Collins said she was “very disappointed” OPM had not provided the final plan, but added she had been told the Office of Management and Budget was reviewing a proposed list. Lieberman said the strategy for making the benefits cost-neutral was critical to the bill’s ultimate passage.

“We will not move it on the floor of the Senate until we get that explicit offset so this is a deficit-neutral step,” he said.

I think this is very responsible.  I would hate to think that we might have to sacrifice half a day of operations in Afghanistan or something.

Entry Filed under: Lieberman,Politics,Teh Gay


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