Still Open Amid the Shutdown: House Gym, Spa
2 lawmakers now demanding the facility be closed
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 9, 2013 9:10 AM CDT

(Newser) – No more bicep curls on the public dime, say two House Democrats. Reps. Bill Foster and Patrick Murphy are demanding the House gym and spa be closed for the duration of the federal shutdown. "Members of Congress should not enjoy access to their exclusive gym and spa while Capitol police go without pay, children are being turned away from Head Start, and veterans are left wondering if their benefits will come in the mail on November 1st," the pair wrote in a letter being sent to colleagues, reports Politico. Another, more appalling cut courtesy of the shutdown: The $100,000 death benefit paid to families of fallen soldiers.

Back in the trivial world of congressional perks: "Not only are members still able to access the taxpayer-funded gym, sauna, and steam room while tens of thousands of federal employees remain furloughed," the lawmakers write, "janitorial staff are still required to clean the gym and restock it with towels and other 'essential items.'" The lawmakers are introducing a cheekily titled bill called the Shutdown Prioritization Act—or SPA Act—which would force the gym to close for this and any other shutdown. One aide says that the order to keep the gym open came directly from John Boehner's office, reports Think Progress, which also notes that many House members live in their offices and use the gym to shower.

More From Newser
My Take on This Story
To report an error on this story,
notify our editors.
Still Open Amid the Shutdown: House Gym, Spa is...
Show results without voting
You Might Like
Showing 3 of 33 comments
Oct 9, 2013 4:27 PM CDT
i dont care about the stupid gym my tea party friends....just stop the aca any way you legally can
Oct 9, 2013 3:20 PM CDT
Now I understand why republicans don't do their job: They are to busy spending time in gym and eating, while everyone else has to suffer. They are bringing a nice picture for next voting, the broom is coming.
Oct 9, 2013 12:07 PM CDT
How about shutting down their dining room? Don't they get free meals, too?