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 BoehnerA warning to Ryan’s successor: The Speakership is no cakewalk With Ryan out, let’s blow up the process for selecting the next Speaker Race for Republican Speaker rare chance to unify party for election 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 BoehnerA warning to Ryan’s successor: The Speakership is no cakewalk With Ryan out, let’s blow up the process for selecting the next Speaker Race for Republican Speaker rare chance to unify party for election 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 ReidGOP poised to advance rules change to speed up Trump nominees Dems walk tightrope on Pompeo nomination The Memo: Teens rankle the right with gun activism MORE (D-Nev.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP senator: Democratic opposition to Pompeo 'driven 100 percent by politics' Pompeo lacks votes for positive vote on panel GOP poised to advance rules change to speed up Trump nominees 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.