Shea-Porter: No Congressional Spa Until Shutdown Ends

She has cosponsored a bill that would remove the gym and spa from the list of "essential" House services.

U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter. File photo.
U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter. File photo.
U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter announced Friday that she is cosponsoring a bill aimed at closing Congress' members-only gym, spa and steamroom until the government shutdown ends.

Shea-Porter (D-NH) said the Shutdown Prioritization Act would remove the gym and spa from House Speaker John Boehner's list of "essential" House services.

"It is absolutely outrageous that John Boehner refuses to end the government shutdown but continues to give Members of Congress access to an exclusive spa," Shea-Porter said. "It’s ridiculous for Paul Ryan and John Boehner to keep this taxpayer-funded luxury open while New Hampshire families and business are denied access to their government."

She said members of Congress should not be able to access the taxpayer-supported gym, sauna, and steam room while tens of thousands of federal employees remain furloughed.

"How can Speaker Boehner decide that a steam room is essential but a paycheck for workers is not?" Shea-Porter said.

Lincoln Dwyer October 14, 2013 at 02:24 AM
Gaston? Stop. Please stop misspelling words if you want to be taken seriously. Otherwise people will take you for a typical 4th grade-level Tea-bagger. You are the 20%-er's right now. Far below the incumbent Republicans. Don't make this crap worse for your peanut (brained) gallery.
Jim Smith October 14, 2013 at 09:50 AM
First, I saw a report that stated that the House spa was closed but Senate spa was still open. Second, they shouldn't have a free SPA!!!! Let them pay like we have to (if we can afford to join). NO FREEBIES for Congress or the President. Let them pay just like WE THE PEOPLE!
Ralph Sassano October 14, 2013 at 10:17 AM
Sounds like a popular position to take but all it would do is stop the paycheck for the SPA workers. Some have commented about the WALL St bailout. If that did not happen how much do you think your 401K would be worth. The problem with the bailout is none of them went to jail.
Patrissa Koch October 14, 2013 at 01:00 PM
The fact that she is a demoRAT is 7 lines form top! A lot less screwing going on! Big deal!
Talitha Garlic October 14, 2013 at 01:04 PM
While I applaud the sentiment; we need you people to pass a BUDGET. Stop fiddling with the minutia.
Wallst October 14, 2013 at 01:08 PM
The fact that Patrissa Koch is a GOP/BAG, her comment means NOTHING.
Dan Crabtree October 14, 2013 at 05:28 PM
that said obamas private golf course remains of course ....OPEN...
gaston gingues October 14, 2013 at 07:13 PM
Hey Lincoln Dweber, seems like you got the message, so why don't you say something more substantive? Take me as seriously as you want, the truth always comes out, unless our gov't is "changed" into something people did not vote for. And we are all going to have to pay the piper for all the spending by Progressives in both parties! I don't follow blindly like most of the population, I register as an undeclared voter so as not to give either party the idea that they have my vote, like the other lemmings!!
Marvin McDonald October 14, 2013 at 09:00 PM
How ignorant is this woman. None of the Senate or House payroll or benefits were shut down. How about the entire whitehouse staff still working for the president? Do what a lot of elected officials are doing and donate your salary to charity. The Republicans do not get to say what stays on or off. That falls under the agencies and administration to decide.
Joseph Mauricio Consuegra October 15, 2013 at 09:55 AM
Since the government is closed. Until he fixes the issue, as Chief, he is responsible for ALL. The White House should also close and the Obama's to move into the Ramada Inn! Stop playing golf and do your job!
Lincoln Dwyer October 15, 2013 at 06:28 PM
Hey, Gast-roenteritis. Yes, we'll be paying piper a lot sooner than you thought. While it took Rome another 1000 years to collapse, the Constipatives in both our parties, and your ilk, have succeeded to delivering the fall of America in less than three weeks! Through their maniacally ignoble delusion, the House has shamed America worldwide, and invited the Chinese to come asking for our throats as soon as possible. Well done, sir. Well done!
Lincoln Dwyer October 15, 2013 at 06:37 PM
Ted Cruz, the Tea Party members of the House, John Boehner, and House Republicans are each guilty of Sedition, under: 18 U.S.C. § 2384 : US Code - Section 2384: Seditious conspiracy "If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States [The ACA is a law], or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both." 'Force' does not mean only violence. Now look up extortion for yourselves. - See more at: http://codes.lp.findlaw.com/uscode/18/I/115/2384#sthash.GvSV7KA4.dpuf
Lincoln Dwyer October 15, 2013 at 07:04 PM
Wrong, Joseph. Again. Obama may be a Democrat, but at least he's not Ted Cruz, nor the weak-kneed Republicans in the House! All of this lies firmly at their unwashed feet. Good ole boy Rep. Boner knew full well their long-orchestrated scheme (planned many months before October) would never work. Cruz, the Republican Anti-Christ, made a fool of him, trapping him otherwise, with all the other sods who thought anyone would ever believe this is the President's fault. Obama's not a fool. And he's not the enemy. Obama has well-earned his residence in the U.S. Mansion, especially in the last weeks; The House Reps should start moving back home already, or, wait for their well-earned Federal prison cells! Your arguments are as thin as the veil the Tea-twerps have bound your eyes with. Good day.
gaston gingues October 16, 2013 at 12:26 AM
Ah, the sky is falling, the sky is falling. What? You mean the sky hasn't fallen? And if it does, it is because Obama is no leader and will not negotiate! He will go down as the worst president ever! (He "won" the White House, not the whole gov't and it's people. We are your boss, not the other way around!) AS he should, he is such a hack, like most of the Democraps! I love how the left has wiped clean the Democrats party sordid past with Jim Crow laws because they are solidly in Minorities party, that is until this whole house of cards falls! Better be ready to run for the hills for when the gov't money quits flowing, lets not forget the ignorant and "Educated" whites that help put him in the office the 1st time. 2nd time, not so certain!
Lincoln Dwyer October 16, 2013 at 01:43 AM
Gingivitis, you're a terrible historian: ignoring that Jim Crow laws were the 1860's version of Republican/modern Dixiecrat ideology, but you KNOW that already! So cut the crap. Reread my post, you ignorant moron. The shutdown was rigged months ago, Obama is not an idiot, and America knows he did negotiate, yet he never had any reason to do so! YOUR ignorant, selfish, lunatics (your Tea-Panties) did this to our country, OUR sovereignty. OWN it, you gasoline gangrene!
gaston gingues October 16, 2013 at 02:01 AM
Hello again there Dweber, If Obama is not an idiot, then why does he not leak his grades, or someone else done such a thing, like has happened to other Presidents? I'm an ignorant moron, why would I want to re-read your dribble? Good luck in the future, you brainiac. LOL Obama and the Democrats can re-open the gov't whenever they want, come to the table and negotiate like mature adults, quit covering behind the useless media, which does not do any critical reporting! That's why our Republic is falling apart! Grow up already! Yes, selfish is what comes to mind when my friends and family. Typical leftist, only good at hurling insults, not dealing with FACTS, like fascists! Obama is going to get what he wants, to lower almost everyone's living standard, except for the political class, and his Millionare and Billionare friends! The Middle class is being hammered and sickled! but that is what you get when you put radicals in office. NYC is next!
Lincoln Dwyer October 16, 2013 at 02:56 AM
LOL! His grades?? Oh. So you're a birther! That explains everything. No need to read anything else. You just nullified every argument you could ever make. You're done, dude! Done! You are absolutely nothing in the entire sphere of reason. See ya. Thanks for exposing yourself, you T-panty-waste. You ARE the folks America needs to be afraid of. I carry a baseball-bat with me to take care of sick-retards like you, downtown. If you see me, run!! You better.
Lincoln Dwyer October 16, 2013 at 03:18 AM
This is my country. America! I'm not letting my kids grow up anywhere where Nazis like you defame and degrade my homeland, or my President. You don't have the right to be insane and propose lies to undermine my country. Pack your bags and get out, gas-bag. Your Boner-boys just declared war on yourselves. You are Chinese food.
Lincoln Dwyer October 19, 2013 at 02:34 AM
You poor sickly boy, gas-station. I weep that you can't realize that everything you said in that response, as defense, is exactly the opposite of what you believe! HOW can you vomit such detail and not use the brain God gave you? The party-beliefs you just claimed were right and wrong are contrary and the antithesis of who you vote for! (I shake my head in sadness) You don't even KNOW what you THINK you know.
gaston gingues October 19, 2013 at 03:00 AM
You might want to carry more than a bat there Dweber, that's no match for what I have. See ya on the streets! What's wrong with being a Birther, I am not scared by your propaganda. John McCain eligibility was questioned in 2008, and more recently Ted Cruz was. I am a radical/extremist like the founding fathers! You don't realize the gift this country was given, and I am not going to let you extremists/radicals/Democrats/Socialsits=Communists according to Robin Leach! A person who came from a Socialist country, as my parents did. You are spoiled brat who was born in this country who does not know the real history, only the propaganda that gov't schools taught you, no critical thinking from you, just talking points and shaking of your head, Yes, yes.
Wallst October 19, 2013 at 03:16 AM
NEWS FLASH: Gaston, since you're probably a Fox News watcher and obviously a know nothing, let me tell you what is really happening. The Tea/Birther/Fascist movement is dead. You'll be lucky to have anyone of them get voted for dog catcher. Perhaps you may want to move to Iran. It's the PERFECT place for neocons.
Liz Pierce October 20, 2013 at 09:11 AM
federal workers should not be paid double, either, for the shutdown. will you stop that, Carol?
SRB October 20, 2013 at 09:28 AM
Yea I would like to know all the perks these so called politicians get. You make a comment about the spa and a paycheck but yet aren't they getting paid for the furlough? Why did they even furlough them if you we're going to pay them? Didn't some apply for unemployment? Double dipping? Wish I had a three week paid vacation. It's funny that come election time your working for us but after your elected you begin working for your party. Still believe that being an elected official should be a privileged and not a career. You all need to go!
Liz Pierce October 20, 2013 at 02:31 PM
that's our ONLY power against Washington running amok with power and deficit spending. vote out every incumbent, every election, every time...just for the fun of it...just to make them squirm. there are no statesmen anymore. and a six figure salary and benefits for life is NOT service. no way, no how.
Lincoln Dwyer October 20, 2013 at 11:12 PM
Thank you, Wallst. Gastroparesis, Robin Leach? Really, you referenced Robin Leach!? Are you kidding, child? So you're on the National Enquirer-level. I knew you were an 'extremest' already. But the Founders were never as nuts as you. YOU would have been sold as a slave. Your family would have been traded/sold and sent in all directions. The Founders would have considered you 2/3 a person. The concept of total Liberty was not what we know today, and because of Civil Rights, we shouldn't question your nationality. Therefore, you can eat in a restaurant with the rest of "us"!
Lincoln Dwyer October 20, 2013 at 11:28 PM
And you're honestly going to invoke your 'parents' as a defense! As a claim for knowing anything about the complexity of Socialism. Really? I can basically guarantee to all our readers, you know nothing about the terrible complexities about Socialism. And by the same extent, you know absolute sh** about Obama, or Democrats. You make me laugh every time, Gas-bag. You cannot hide behind your baguettes and your Jerry Lewis/Roman Polanski adoration. Intelligent Americans KNOW when rejects from foreign insane asylums stick their pointed heads into politics here.
Lincoln Dwyer October 20, 2013 at 11:41 PM
Don't do this to yourself. Making such a fool. So you claim guns vs. my bat? I already know the who and where you are. So don't feel whatever comfort. Listen! With what little sense you have of sanity: This is America. The US of A. And no militia will ever survive against it. Neither your sense of safety. Because, our NSA knows more about you (as a Terrorist) as you do, (fart)Gassed-on. Et votre famille.
Lincoln Dwyer October 20, 2013 at 11:55 PM
Ah, bad. Yes! Gastorole. Tell us, em mass, where your education of American history is derived from. Was it here in a public school? Was it later in a college? Was it further an education at home, or reading on your own? Yes, share this experience, mon cheri. Overwhelm us with your wisdom of my own country. But, be sure to include the details, since I was a major in history. Go! Go to it, oh jazzmen!
Wallst October 21, 2013 at 02:33 AM
Lincoln, republicans/bags aren't too bright. We already know that educated people vote Democrat, so it's no surprise that gaston tends to post utter nonsense. http://campaignstops.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/01/the-politics-of-going-to-college/?_r=1&
Lincoln Dwyer October 24, 2013 at 10:19 PM
Nice to hear from you, Wallst. Great post!


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