While the federal shutdown creates chaos and hardship across the country, U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, defended keeping the congressional gym open.
Speaking Wednesday on “The Bill Press Show,” Braley even decried the fact that towel service has been suspended, according to the Washington Free Beacon.
“I find it ironic that there’s this big push to shut down the House gym when it’s one of the rare places people come together and actually talk about how we can build relationships, which is the only way we’re going to get out of this,” he said. “There’s hardly anybody working down there. There’s no towel service, so we’re doing our own laundry down there. We pay a fee to belong to the House gym, so this is no different than if you’re working at an employer that offers a wellness program, you pay a fee to belong. That’s what we do there.”
Braley said gym membership fee is $260 a year, which works out to a shade under $22 per month. LA Fitness, which operates a popular chain of gyms, charges a $99 initiation fee, plus $29.99 a month. And it doesn’t provide towel service. While Braley is allowed to work out on the Nautilus machines, the public is kept out of national parks and the Amber alert system is shut down.