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Senator Boxer Blasts Republicans Over Proposed Budget

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Senator Barbara Boxer (AP)

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer paid a visit to San Francisco on Wednesday, taking aim at the House Republicans proposed budget.

Standing at the Ferry Building next to a Marine Corps veteran, a Planned Parenthood patient, whose mammogram detected pre-cancerous cells, an asthma patient and a doctor of thoracic surgery from the University of California, Davis, Boxer described them as the faces of Californians who would be most affected by the Republican plan.

“When you zero out Planned Parenthood, when you go after the EPA, when you go after the middle class by taking away Pell Grants,” said Boxer. “It is a vendetta against the middle class and the working poor.”

KCBS’ Margie Shafer Reports:

Senator Boxer has authored a bill that passed in the Senate, but has yet to be taken up in the House, to suspend congressional pay during a government shutdown.

“There’s a special statute that protects members of Congress. While the other federal employees don’t get paid, we still get paid. That’s not right,” she said.

Boxer is calling on House Speaker John Boehner to put the bill up for a vote in the House.

Meanwhile, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said of the proposed budget that what is needed is “a strong dose of fiscal discipline” and that the money is not there.

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