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Gov’t Shutdown Finally Hitting Members of Congress Where it Hurts…

Members of Congress get paid during government shutdowns, but finally, finally the shutdown appears to have real-world consequences for them. Hundreds of thousands of government employees have been furloughed, and many of them have already filed for unemployment, and members of the House of Representatives are now being forced to… reuse the towels in the congressional gym.

Yes, you read that right. According to The Hill, the government shutdown means that whenever members of the House get to use the private congressional gym, they have to reuse the towels because “there is no more laundering service.”

Some members of Congress actually have a real problem with this…

Lawmakers, including some who live in their offices during visits to Washington and use the gym’s showers to clean up, say they need the gym to stay open…

Democratic Rep. Jim Moran (Va.) noted that he ran on Tuesday morning and had to clean up after himself following his workout.

“You have to save your towel, you have to reuse it because we let the staff go — I know the showers are still working, and it doesn’t take any maintenance to maintain the weights,” Moran told The Hill.

And the Senate gym, apparently, is no better, as Lindsey Graham referred to it as “rank.”

Meanwhile, the shutdown has actually been preventing the families of fallen soldiers from collecting military benefits, but sure, reusable towels are a real problem too.

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