Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, issued the following statement following the two votes:
Senator Boxer said: "It is outrageous that Republicans defeated President Obama's bill, which would put people back to work by investing in our nation's aging infrastructure. Instead of supporting the President's proposal, Republicans offered a bill that would roll back public health safeguards and cause massive job losses through draconian funding cuts to programs that help all Americans."
Senator Boxer spoke on the floor today prior to the votes. Click here to view the video of Senator Boxer's remarks.
Last month, Senator Boxer, Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), EPW Ranking Member, Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), Chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, and Senator David Vitter (R-LA), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee, announced that they will markup a two-year surface transportation bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), on Wednesday, November 9 at 10:00 a.m. in the Environment and Public Works Committee.