April 12, 2007
Here's today's Washington Watch Daily commentary from FRC Radio:
The latest news on congressional trips shows that congress is headed in the wrong direction. Although it didnt make headlines, Democrats quietly changed the rules on their travel perks. The definition of people who accompany Hill members and staff on trips has been expanded from child or spouse to any relativeincluding same-sex partners. Under the new guidelines, the federal government is recognizingand taxpayers are subsidizinghomosexual couples. And, as one attorney said, [The House doesnt] currently define relative, so they could just say our interpretation includes domestic partners. Since the rules dont need to be approved by anyone but the ethics committee, theres little or no accountability. Unfortunately, any questions are handled on a case-by-case basis by Speaker Nancy Pelosi. But just because these leaders write the law doesnt mean theyre above it. And the Defense of Marriage Act, passed by congress in 1996, makes it clear that the government cant recognize same-sex marriage. If the new majority continues to travel down this path, theres little doubt that come next election, theyll have plenty of political baggage.