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Boxer on Boehner: “Where are his tears” for furloughed workers?

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 BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerLobbying World Freedom Caucus wants budget reforms attached to debt limit increase Trey Gowdy announces retirement from Congress MORE (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 BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerLobbying World Freedom Caucus wants budget reforms attached to debt limit increase Trey Gowdy announces retirement from Congress MORE 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 ReidHarry Mason ReidTo end sugar subsidies, conservatives can't launch a frontal attack House presses Senate GOP on filibuster reform A pro-science approach to Yucca Mountain appropriations MORE (D-Nev.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDems confront Kelly after he calls some immigrants 'lazy' McConnell: 'Whoever gets to 60 wins' on immigration Overnight Defense: Latest on spending fight - House passes stopgap with defense money while Senate nears two-year budget deal | Pentagon planning military parade for Trump | Afghan war will cost B in 2018 MORE (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.