A Democratic legislator passed a law on Sunday to shut down the congressional gym and sauna during a partial government shutdown, blaming Republicans in general and Parliament Speaker Paul Ryan that they have "given up their responsibilities as elected officials". Rep. Bill Foster, D-Ill., Introduced the Shutdown Prioritization Act (SPA) following a partial government deadlock on Friday at midnight due to President Trump's failure to reach agreement with the Congress to finance a border wall on the border between the US and Mexico. Nearly half a million state workers who are considered "essential" are expected to work without pay, while nearly 400,000 state employees will be dismissed without pay.
"The refusal of President Trump and the Congressional Republicans to pass a clean and ongoing resolution to reopen the government is a waiver of their responsibilities as elected officials," Foster said
Then beating he blasted the republican leadership for allegedly calling the Congressional spa used by members of the House of Representatives "essential."
In particular, Foster highlighted the House Speaker, Paul Ryan, R-Wis
"Speaker Ryan continues to use the gym during this stalemate as workers face uncertainty over vacations, the only major task Congress members have during a government shutdown in negotiating an end to the stalemate, "Foster continued," It's time to To tell President Trump and the congressional Republicans to end their benefits during the deadlock and concentrate on getting the government going. We need to get the federal employees back to work and provide funding for priorities that are important to the American people. "
Foster has also co-funded the Federal Employees' Law on the Retroactive Remuneration of Federal Employees, which guarantees Federal employees a refund after a government shutdown.
48-year-old Ryan retires at the end of his mandate in January when the Democrats take over.