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Dem. Congressman Bemoans Shutdown's Effects: We Don't Have Any Towels in the House Gym!


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.

Watch below (remarks at the 02:00 mark):

Meanwhile, families of fallen U.S. soldiers are not receiving death benefits from the government on account of the shutdown.


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