By Benjamin Goad - 10/03/13 03:49 PM EDT
Boxer (D-Calif.) said her home state is home to roughly 169,000 of the nation’s 800,000 furloughed government employees and said Republicans are responsible for the shutdown, since they are demanding a delay in the implementation of ObamaCare.
“They’ve shut the government down because they don’t want millions of Americans to get affordable healthcare,” Boxer said, describing Republicans as “sore losers” during a meeting with reporters in her mostly empty Capitol Hill offices.
“Grow up,” she said. “You lost the election over this."
Boxer directed much of ire at Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), saying he could end the impasse by allowing a vote on a “clean” funding bill that would restart government operations.
She said that Boehner is “known to be a man of great emotion,” citing the speaker’s propensity to get choked up on occasion.
“Where are his tears for 800,000 families who are not getting paychecks?” she questioned.
Boehner, along with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), met late Wednesday with President Obama at the White House,
However, the meeting provided little optimism that the shutdown would end anytime soon.