Washington • Should the federal government shut down Saturday, the ramifications could become incredibly personal to Rep. Jason Chaffetz. And everyone around him, for that matter.
Chaffetz is among a handful of House members who sleep in their congressional offices, and if a budget impasse continues, those representatives might find themselves without a place to shower.
A House Administration committee spokeswoman confirmed Thursday that the House gym, where the office crashers go to wash up, would shutter during a government shutdown. It's a small inconvenience compared to the tribulations a closed-up government would mean to Americans, especially federal workers who might find themselves furloughed.