Sen. Boxer: Republicans Want ‘Attack On Working Men and Women’

By Nicholas Ballasy | August 4, 2011 | 1:23 PM EDT

( – Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) yesterday accused Republicans in Congress of having a “petty agenda” and wanting "an attack on working men and women" over funding for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

“Here we are – another made up crisis by the Republicans – that’s what this is. Why do I say that? Because 20 times we’ve passed clean extension of FAA. We keep the contentious issues for the regular process,” said Boxer, a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on Wednesday at the Capitol.

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) (Penny Starr/

“You know, when you went to school you learn how a bill becomes a law? House and Senate may disagree--they take their disagreements into a conference committee. They [Republicans] haven’t even appointed their conferees. So, they made up this crisis because they want to get their way on a number of issues, primarily, I think an attack on working men and women. But this attack has already begun because working men and women are out of work because of them and it is time that they put the interests of jobs ahead of their own petty agenda. That’s what I call it.”

Boxer was joined by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Senators Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Jay Rockefeller (D-W.V.) to call on the GOP-led House to pass a short-term extension of funding for the FAA with no cuts.