The Smell of a Shutdown

By Nick Gass

Apr 7, 2011 11:51am

ABC News' Jonathan Karl & Matthew Jaffe report:

Let’s face it: a government shutdown would stink.

Literally.

That’s because if the government shuts down, the House and Senate gyms shut down with it.

That’s a small sacrifice, to be sure. But it will affect more than Scott Brown’s time on the treadmill. 

All those House members who sleep in their offices — and there are dozens of them from freshman newcomers to veterans like GOP budget guru Paul Ryan — take their showers in the House gym.

If the government shuts downs for long, you won’t want to be too close to any of those lawmakers.

For more on the time-honored tradition of lawmakers sleeping in their offices, watch Jonathan Karl's 2009 report on lawmakers sleeping in their offices HERE.

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