The approval ratings for Congress and the White House might be down in the dumps, but if you are a federal employee, essential or non-essential, you can take hear of the following: The eateries, breweries, synagogues and non-federal museums are there for you.
The Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, as we reported earlier, said it would provide a Shutdown Central for non-essentials to hang out, use some Wi-Fi and feel wanted. And, as brother blog Heard on the Hill is reporting, vendors that range from Sprinkles Cupcakes to Port City Brewing are offering specials to those hit by the shutdown.
And the National Building Museum wants everyone to know they are not feds, so their doors (and windows and great hall and exhibits on how awesome airport architecture is) would remain open even in a shutdown.
“In the event of a government shutdown, the National Building Museum will remain open during regular hours: Monday–Saturday, 10 am–5 pm; Sunday, 11 am–5 pm. The Museum is private nonprofit institution and is unaffiliated with the Smithsonian Institution. As always, we welcome visitors to enjoy the Great Hall, Museum Shop, café, or a docent-led tour of our historic landmark building free of charge,” a museum release states. We assume this holds for other non-fed museums, like the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Spy Museum.
Just remember as Stuart Smalley (the once and future Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn.) once said: Doggone it, people like you.
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Jason Dick is the Hill Life editor for Roll Call and has also worked at Greenwire, CongressDaily and National Journal Daily during his time in Washington. @jasonjdick