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TOWEL SERVICE: Braley Makes Shutdown Complaint

Posted on: 9:04 pm, October 9, 2013, by

With the government shutdown stretching into its second week, more and more people are feeling the pinch.

With the national mall shut down, Charleston SC resident Chris Cox trekked up to Washington to clean it up himself.

“I bought the blower and the lawnmower and started cutting the grass this morning. At the end of the day, the citizens are the stewards of the memorial. By the government not taking care of it, they’re forcing us to.”

One thing open on Capitol Hill is the gym where members of congress can work out. It was deemed “essential” for the members who voted to shut down the rest of the government

“The electricity, the hot water, the towels – they are not provided by gym fairies.  They are provided by taxpayers,” Oregon Representative Earl Blumenauer said. “Mr. Speaker if you and the House Republicans are serious and not cynical about the shutdown then shut down the House gym until this madness ends.”

Although Iowa Congressman Bruce Braley wants to hold on to his exercise routine, “I find it ironic that there’s this big push to shut down the House gym when it’s one of the rare places where people come together and actually talk about how we can build relationships.

Braley, who is seeking Sen. Harkin’s seat in 2014, added, “There’s hardly anybody working down there. There’s no towel service.”

The comment has received nationwide attention.

Additional reporting by CNN


  • Tom Smalley says:

    hey Bruce Americans Pay Taxes to use the PARKS ,so why cant they use them , Hey Bruce Veterans FAUGHT AND DIED for you to live in a free COUNTRY , can they visit a Memorial ,They will bring there own towel , YOU SIR are a DISGRACE and are EXACTLY NOT what IOWANS WANT in OUR GOVERNMENT

  • Sounds like an entitled child that needs to be removed

  • Mario Lanza says:

    “Bryce Bailey,” As one national commentator called him, seems finally to be getting the “name recognition” he’s been pursuing for his Senate run.

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