The partial shutdown of the U.S. government is starting to disrupt the lifestyles of members of Congress.
Take, for example, Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa), who on Wednesday mocked a bill that would remove the “essential” status from employees at the members-only House gym.
“[The bill's authors] must not have been down to the gym lately,” Braley said Wednesday during an interview with Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times and liberal talk show host Bill Press. “There’s hardly anybody working down there.”
“There’s no towel service and so we’re doing our own laundry down there! And we pay a fee to belong to the House gym,” he added.
But here’s the best part: Braley said he pays just $260 per year for his House gym membership — not a bad deal at all.