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Senators Boxer and Feinstein accuse GOP of politically motivated budget cuts

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA).
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA).
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The Republican-led House of Representatives passed its federal government spending plan for the rest of the fiscal year this past Saturday — and California’s two senators don’t like it. Now it’s the Senate’s turn to work up a budget proposal.

Democrats Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer say they agree with Republicans that the federal budget is too big, but Sen. Feinstein accuses GOP lawmakers in the House of “political bias” with $60 billion in reductions.

Sen. Boxer agrees.

She cites Republican calls to cut to Planned Parenthood, the Environmental Protection Agency, public broadcasting, Headstart and Pell Grants.

"This is no time for political vendettas," says Boxer, who notes she spoke with many voters during last year's re-election campaign.

"Not one constituent came up, whether they were Republican or an independent or a Democrat, and said they wanted dirtier air or dirtier water or more contaminated food or more unintended pregnancies, more abortion and more deaths for women because they can’t get cancer screening," says Boxer.

She urges lawmakers to “act like grownups” and hash out their differences in a conference committee. If a deal can’t be reached by March 4, the federal government faces a shutdown, something that hasn’t happened since 1995.