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Democrats: Close the House Gym, Spa

Time to spread the shutdown pain around. Top Democrats on Tuesday called for the House gym and spa to be closed due to the shutdown, insisting that Congress shouldn’t enjoy perks while others are not getting paid. According to a letter from Illinois Rep. Bill Foster and Florida Rep. Patrick Murphy, Congress still has “access to the taxpayer-funded gym, sauna, and steam room while tens of thousands of federal employees remained furloughed, janitorial staff are still required to restock it with towels and other ‘essential items.’” Yeah, that is kind of a PR disaster, guys. Boehner’s office declined to comment.

October 9, 2013 7:13 AM