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Shutdown leaves lawmakers reusing their towels at House gym

House lawmakers are picking up their own towels at their private gym, which has remained open during the government shutdown.

The gym was to have been closed, but the Architect of the Capitol decided to keep the facility open because several House members store personal items inside.

No one is there to check members into the facility in the basement of the Rayburn House Office Building, which is open exclusively to current and former House members.

Members don’t only have to pick up their towels — they have to reuse them for their showers, because there is no more laundering service.

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