Rep. Bill Foster, D-Ill., is looking to close the gym and sauna reserved for members of Congress for as long as the government shutdown continues, the Washington Examiner reported.
"President [Donald] Trump and congressional Republicans' refusal to pass and sign a clean continuing resolution to reopen government is an abdication of their responsibilities as elected officials," Foster said. "During the Trump Shutdown, however, Republican leadership continues to deem the congressional spa used by members of the House of Representatives to be 'essential.'"
Foster introduced legislation to close the gym – singling out House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., for using the facility, according to the Examiner.
"Speaker Ryan continues to use the gym during this shutdown while federal workers face uncertainty over the holidays," he said. "The only essential task members of Congress have during a government shutdown is negotiating an end to the shutdown.
"It's time to tell President Trump and congressional Republicans to end their congressional perks during a shutdown and focus on getting the government up and running. We need to get federal employees back to work and to provide funding for priorities important to the American people."
The administration and Democrats in Congress remain far apart on funding the wall on the southern border. Trump has urged Democrats to end the shutdown and finishing funding the project.
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