Congress braces for shutdown: No shoe shine, no cafeteria

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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.

Brace yourselves!

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.

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.

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