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Not quite all the government is closed – Congress keeps its gym open

Aaron Pressman
The Exchange

The government shutdown has closed national parks, forced food stamp recipients to go without and stopped companies from performing citizenship checks on new employees.


But the federal government is making exceptions for critical services -- such as the the private gyms used by members of Congress.

The House gym, which includes basketball courts, a swimming pool and weight machines, remains open despite the government shutdown, according to the Thinkprogress blog, which spoke to a House aide. A gym used by Congressional staffers, however, has been closed.

Towel service is unavailable but taxpayers are covering the costs of cleaning and maintenance, along with the electricity to keep the lights on and the pool heated.

A similar facility for senators is also open, the blog reported.