D.C. businesses offer freebies to furloughed workers
October 1st, 2013
11:36 AM ET
10 months ago

D.C. businesses offer freebies to furloughed workers

Washington (CNN) – Congress has already made sure to look out for active-duty members of the military, passing a partial-spending bill that ensures everyone in uniform gets paid for the length of the government shutdown. President Barack Obama quickly signed the measure.

But what about those not in uniform? As first reported by WTOP, many businesses in the greater Washington, D.C. area are taking up the call, offering free food, lessons and even drinks for furloughed federal workers.

Until the Senate and House of Representatives resolve their arguments over Obamacare and pass identical funding bills, Potomac Pilates in Maryland will be offering two free drop-in classes for any furloughed worker. Nor is Potomac Pilates alone.

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  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    PB BBQ has the best tweet. "Excludes Congressman."

    October 1, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  2. Tampa Tim

    Carl – I am pretty sure 9/11 survivors know who held up their benefits. It is our own al Qaida domestic terrorist GOP party. They have declared war on every faction but the rich. Once again, the GOP has done more damage to our country than any foreign hate group.

    October 1, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  3. Joan

    Are all 800.000 of the people laid off today Democrats? Obviously a huge number are also Republicans. How must they feel knowing their Republican leaders threw them under the bus? Why doesn't the House allow a clean up or down vote on just the CR and let everyone get back to work? Then they can go after Romneycare (oops I mean Obamacare) using proper channels and methods. Maybe trying to work on their credibility and reputation might help them get back the Senate and White House but their current tactics sure aren't going to do it.

    October 1, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Joan wrote:

    Are all 800.000 of the people laid off today Democrats? Obviously a huge number are also Republicans. How must they feel knowing their Republican leaders threw them under the bus? ... ... ...
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    It'll never happen. Most all of those Republicans feel that the Democrats are to blame for the government shutdown. It has been the Democrats who have been the adults in the room, while the Republicans are still caught up in midst of whatever it was that took control of Karl Rove last election night.

    The bills the Republicans are demeaning and disgraceful. They offer the Democrats a few weeks of government funding in exchange for gutting the Affordable Care Act. They even lack the decency to offer a longer funding period. "Take it, or leave it." The Republicans have shown no respect for their political opponents, and many of them are actually proud of it. "We showed them."

    October 1, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  5. Ron -IN

    This is a Republican minority backed by Tea Party Voters, intimidating the Speaker of the House, Mr. Boehner. Many will attempt to say that this is not the case, but I offer this as PROOF what I say is true. If Mr. Boehner were to ALLOW the House to vote on the clean Continuing Resolution it would get the MAJORITY of the votes and pass. Yes it would get all of the Democrats and maybe 50 to 60 moderate Republicans that KNOW what is going on is not only bad for today but horrendous for the future. The reason this is not happening is Mr. Boehner KNOWS if he did this, it would be the end of a job he had wanted for so long..Speaker of the House. In many ways it is sad to watch someone have to be in conflict with themselves just to hold a position that seems to have little real power with his party. It is my belief that if this impasse lasts pass the 16th of this month Mr. Boehner will do what is best for the country and present that clean CR and a clean increase in the Debt Ceiling bill. They will both pass with more Democrats voting for it than Republicans and Mr. Boehner will lose his position but literally save the country from a potential economic disaster. If you a going to go down, it might as well be for the RIGHT THING.

    October 1, 2013 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  6. LOL

    LOL to Joan and Tamapa, guess what, Congress PASSED as bill what did the senate do???? REJECTED it, this is ALL ON THE SENATE!!!

    October 1, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, wearing casual clothes, said she was out walking when she heard about the pile-up at the WW II memorial and decided to hustle over to the site.
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    Free food and drinks. Bachmann walking on sidewalk. Coincidence? I report. I decide for you. Nope.

    October 1, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  8. ARMYCSM

    @JOAN...WoW! You are soooooooooo right! I would feel spat upon.

    October 1, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  9. anonymous

    Joan
    Are all 800.000 of the people laid off today Democrats? Obviously a huge number are also Republicans. How must they feel knowing their Republican leaders threw them under the bus?
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    No, almost all are big government union supporting Democrats that weren't good enough to get real obs in the private sector. The government always hires the dregs of the workforce. Why do you think it takes years to process applications, etc.?

    October 1, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |