Barbara Boxer attacks fellow members for sleeping in their offices

The meme that members of the House of Representatives are somehow receiving illicit benefits for sleeping in their offices has made its way up the food chain – from a left-wing storefront to the media and now finally to the halls of Congress.

On the Senate floor on Thursday, California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer took that ball and ran with it. The liberal senator went after her Republican colleagues and proposed legislation that in the event of a government shutdown would prevent members of Congress from being paid. She also went on a long-winded rant about the so-called hypocrisy of her GOP colleagues.

“[S]o I have written this bill with my colleagues to say that in the event of a government shutdown or a failure to lift the debt ceiling — and we start defaulting on our commitments, members of Congress will not get paid because members of Congress don’t deserve to be paid if we can’t act like adults and negotiate this,” Boxer said. “I am so tired of the hypocrisy that I have seen — I know it is a strong word and I am not leveling it at any particular individual. But I’ve got to tell you, you’ve got members of the House that said, ‘Obamacare is terrible,’ and then they took it for themselves.”


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According to Boxer, Republican members’ reluctance to support social programs and other entitlements is cause for criticism, particularly since some of those members are sleeping in their offices.

“So what price are they paying?” she said. “They vote ‘no’ on health care for everybody else, but they keep government health care. It’s wrong. A lot of them are sleeping in their offices. You tell me one other person that you know Mr. President that is allowed to sleep in the office of their corporation that they may work for. As far as I know, there is nobody. They don’t pay any rent. They sleep in their offices. So they do all these things. They don’t help the housing crisis and they sleep in their offices. They won’t vote for health care, but they take government health care. And now they might shut down the government, and while federal employees will not get paid, they’ll get paid. No way. Wrong. Not fair.”

Boxer called these policy positions of congressional Republicans “extremism” and said she thought a potential shutdown of the government should not be tolerated.

“They have to pay a price for all their extremism,” Boxer continued. “So I hope we’ll pass this bill and send it over to the House, and the House can decide if they think this is right. This is one I’d like to take to the American people because if they shut down the government or they fail to raise the debt ceiling, and we start to default and they pay no price, it’s not fair. You know, we cannot stamp our feet and say, ‘It’s the way I want it or I’m taking my marbles and I’m going home, or my teddy bear or my blanket or whatever. You cannot do that. This is the greatest country in the world.”

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  • mcblanc

    “Republicans…have to pay a price for all THEIR [my cap’s] ‘extremism’…if they shut down the government…”–Like What Those Wisconsin Democrat Senators Have Done?? Barbara–Where’s Your OUTRAGE At THAT?

    And btw … Do You–perchance–have investments in DC area REIT’s that You should be disclosing to US?

  • stanishr

    This is a sad comment from an out of touch bitter old B*%^$. Housing in DC is ridiculous and transportation is impossible. I’ve done several over-nighters in my office on special projects. It’s called work. She should try it. Nevermind, it’s a human thing.

  • swent

    Ms. Boxer, ma’am you are a moron.

  • designerrant

    Who is this sad, old, woman and why was she even re-elected? The country is being pulled apart by over spending and she is worrying about where people are sleeping??? Way to go California – bunch of crazy voters out there.

  • PStarkey

    Boxer is missing the point totally. She is whining that the freshmen Reps are sleeping in the offices and not paying for it. They are paying for it by not taking funds to rent an office. This just goes to show that the Democrats know nothing of money and economics. Maybe that’s why the U.S. is in a $14 trillion hole.

  • rannan3

    WHY is it anybody’s business where freshman lawmakers sleep ?

    DO the Dems. need those offices for their ‘late-night, back-room
    deals they’re famous for ? IF NOT, butt-out Boxer !

    and you have some nerve pointing out anyone’s ‘hypocrisy’.
    UNLESS you’re looking in the mirror while speaking !

  • Excalibur

    Barbara, Is this really the best you got? Come on, if you got nothin’, just say it. Just say the game is up, the American people have caught on. I’m sure the American people deserve it.

  • IndependentVet

    I fail to see how anyone using their office for sleeping is taking anything from anyone. The cost of the water for a shower maybe? It’s not the same as say … spending $18,000 p/mth for new offices for Pelosi.

  • jonavark

    The thing that irritates me the most about this stupid idiot isn’t how stupid SHE is , it is how stupid she thinks we are.