Congressional Perks Deemed Essential During Government Shutdown While Public Sacrifices
WASHINGTON — Around the country, furloughed federal workers are wondering how they’re going to pay their bills while they wait for the government to reopen. Businesses that rely on tourists are taking a hit due to shuttered national parks. And scientists conducting groundbreaking research have had to put the brakes on their work.
Meanwhile, members of Congress continue to pump iron in their exclusive gym, ride on special trolleys so that they don’t have to walk a few extra feet and in some cases, protect their entire staff from the furloughs faced by other federal workers. Here’s a look at the maddeningly arbitrary nature of the government shutdown, and at what has been declared “essential” and “nonessential”:
ESSENTIAL: The gym for members of the House of Representatives.