A government shutdown doesn’t just mean that federal workers won’t get paychecks or that services could be pared back. No, this bad boy could have a real impact on the very folks who could avert it.
Members of Congress’ shoes, it turns out, will go unshined. And they will have to walk at least a block or two for lunch — or maybe they can send one of their “essential” employees to fetch it, since their dining options will be curtailed.
Under a plan for what services and facilities in the House will be affected by a potential shutdown (set to happen next week if Congress doesn’t pass a funding bill) the in-house shoe shine is closed, as is the Members’ Dining Room — and gym. Ditto the dry cleaner and the post office. See the full plan here.
Forget what political fallout could come from a shutdown — this is where the rubber (or dusty, dull loafers) hits the road.