NY -- Part of the shutdown includes furloughs for government workers
and services that are temporarily closed. Many are questioning if it's
fair that politicians still have "perks" available to them. The house
gym, reserved exclusively for lawmakers remains open during the
shutdown. However, the house gym for staff members is closed.
trolley that takes lawmakers to meetings and appointments -- that are
within walking distance still remains staffed and operable during
shutdown. Plus, politicians are still being paid.
These services come from a pool of mandatory funds not affected by shutdown.
I think the fact that the money is there to keep the gym open and
they're not closing it sends a terrible message," Thomas Schatz
President of Citizens of Government Waste said. "This is a decision that
could be made by congress and to demonstrate they get it, clearly they
Congressman Collins agrees, leaving the gym open sends a bad message. Collins plans to donate his pay during shutdown.