In the scope of the massive federal budget the U.S. House of Representative's athletic club might very well be an insignificant expenditure.
That doesn't make its existence any more palatable to thousands of working men and women who pay their own way or do without the services of a health club.
In a Los Angeles Times opinion piece that was printed last week in The Brainerd Dispatch, Jonathan Turley, a law professor at Georgetown University, offered the perfect solution regarding allegations that male representatives are dominating the use of the gym: Get rid of the club.
To that we can only add: Amen.
We recognize the benefits of promoting healthy lifestyles in the work place but few U.S. workers expect their employers to provide them with the benefits of a health club. The congressional health club, which is made available to members and their spouses, includes a gym, a pool, and workout rooms. As Turley pointed out members of Congress receive an annual salary of $141,300 compared to the average U.S. household of $40,816. The California congressional delegation alone, includes at least 22 millionaires, he noted. The U.S. representatives can afford their own health club memberships or exercise without one.
Close down the congressional health club and point those representatives who want to exercise in the direction of a YMCA or a private club.
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