Members of Congress have been busy partying and drinking during the government shutdown, according to several local reports.
“I don’t think the public would be happy to know that they are actually enjoying this time,” one bartender at Hawk and Dove bar on Pennsylvania Avenue told WUSA9 News. He added that members of Congress started off with a party the first night of the shutdown.
“There was a private party upstairs with a few Congress people and senators here that night,” the bartender stated.
Another bartender also told WUSA9 that lawmakers had been enjoying themselves in his bar ever since the shutdown.
“There were congressmen, there were lobbyists and staffers…we stayed pretty busy. They were definitely eating and passing the time before the vote,” the bar manager said on condition of anonymity.
The news station also published a photo of House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) posing for a photo with actress Selma Hayek in a bar on the second night of the shutdown.
Hours before the government shutdown last Tuesday night, several reporters tweeted that they could smell alcohol on members of Congress working to reach a last-minute deal to avoid a shutdown.
Much of the federal government has been closed since the start of October, resulting in nearly a million workers being furloughed.
Neither Republicans nor Democrats have offered any sign of compromise to end the budget stalemate and both are blaming the other side for the impasse.
President Barack Obama on Tuesday once again criticized Republicans for demanding “ransom” to reopen the government as the shutdown entered its eighth day.