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House, Senate Gyms Remain Open During Shutdown
Exclusive House, Senate Gyms Remain Open During Shutdown
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.
A congressional source said the facilities are not staffed but were kept operational to accommodate lawmakers who live in their offices while Congress is in session. “It would stink to high-heaven around here if Members couldn’t use those showers,” the source said. “Can you imagine that?”
Other athletic amenities were also kept accessible. “How do you close a basketball court?” the source said. Meanwhile, a gym for congressional staffers is closed.