Capitol Police gifted with free Peloton memberships by House of Representatives at taxpayers’ expense
The House of Representatives has announced it will give free Peloton memberships to staff and Capitol Police using taxpayer dollars in the midst of out-of-control inflation that has American families struggling to fill their tanks, feed their children, and keep a roof over their heads.
In a move worthy of the “Hunger Games,” the House leadership announced in an email obtained by Fox Business via the office of the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), that the “premier employee benefit” will reportedly gift staffers and police with Peloton All-Access and a Peloton App membership at no monthly cost.
The government contract with Peloton is set to start on May 18. It was pushed through by the House Center for Well-Being. An estimated 10,000 employees working for the House of Representatives and approximately 2,000 Capitol Police officers will receive the benefit.
An anonymous source told Fox Business that the upfront payment on the contract to Peloton was $10,000, plus an extra $10 per month charge for each staffer or officer who uses the service. Fox Business points out that if 12,000 staffers took advantage of the benefit, it would cost taxpayers $120,000 per month.
Why the hell are we funding this? https://t.co/ZPaNGb20Hx
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) May 13, 2022
If you had any question as to whether or not the government believes it’s better than you, then I submit this https://t.co/ntV3hknjtZ
— Kitty the Gargoyle (@gerlach1025) May 13, 2022
For average everyday Americans, a Peloton All-Access Membership costs $39 per month and a Peloton App Membership costs $12.99 per month.
The email that was sent out to staffers and offices reportedly told them that they would “have access to thousands of live and on-demand classes, across multiple disciplines, that are available for streaming across multiple devices and require no purchase of Peloton equipment.”
Peloton was quick to issue a statement to Fox Business, saying that it “can confirm that the US House of Representatives is extending Peloton Corporate Wellness to all House staff and Capitol Police.”
Moms can’t find baby formula, the middle class is being priced out of homes, and gas is through the roof. Meanwhile in Democrat-controlled Congress… https://t.co/6hQ4vXcbp1
— Liz George (@LizGeorgeWrites) May 13, 2022
After they all bought Peloton stock, I’m sure
— Craze Z (@Craigles42) May 13, 2022
Peloton has over 7 million members. It is the premier name in the fitness tech space featuring treadmills, stationary exercise bikes, and online fitness class subscriptions. It is also set to release a long-awaited rowing machine, according to The Verge.
The company has reportedly been having financial challenges. In 2021, they lowered equipment prices. In January of this year, the company announced that it would charge $250 and $350 for the setup and delivery of its original bike and treadmill, respectively, to offset costs.
Peloton reports it had only $879 million in cash in the bank at the end of the quarter, which has left it “thinly capitalized,” according to CEO Barry McCarthy. That allegedly forced the company to borrow a great deal of money from Wall Street to keep its operations running.
“Turnarounds are hard work,” McCarthy bluntly informed investors in a shareholder letter. “It’s intellectually challenging, emotionally draining, physically exhausting, and all-consuming. It’s a full-contact sport.”
To stay afloat, Peloton is said to be borrowing $750 million in five-year term debt from JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs.
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