House and Senate gyms not shut down -- despite guidelines to the contrary
It's good to be a member of the ruling class. Once again, Congress is not suffering while punitive shutdown measures have been taken against citizens trying to walk in the woods at national parks, or visit the monuments on the National Mall (unless of course they rallying for immigration amnesty). John Parkinson of ABC News writes:
An exclusive gym for members of the U.S. House of Representatives was supposed to be a casualty of the government shutdown, shuttered like much of the rest of "non-essential" Washington until Congress passed a measure to pay its bills.
But the gym, known as the Members' Wellness Center, remains open with its flat-screen TVs, workout machines and heated swimming pool available for lawmakers' use and enjoyment, ABC News has learned.
As Parkinson notes, this is not the way it is supposed to be:
Published guidance from the House Committee on Administration on expected levels of service during a "lapse in appropriations," or shutdown, indicates that a staff fitness center and the Members' Wellness Center should be "closed.
The decision to keep the gyms open was made by the Architect of the Capitol, according to a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner.
It seems that Congress wants to drive down its approval rating, already barely above single digits, to zero. Boehner should direct the Architect of the Capitol to shut it down.
Hat tip: Mark J. Fitzgibbons