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Pelosi arm-wrestles over cash for the House gym [New $8million Gym for Congress]
The Hill ^ | 8/7/07

Posted on 08/07/2007 6:50:28 PM PDT by bnelson44

After dueling with House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman John Dingell (D-Mich.) to pass a renewable energy bill, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) faces a wrestling match with another rogue chairman. And this one can bench-press 265 pounds.

Pelosi is set to square off against Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-Hawaii), the power-lifting chairman of the House gym committee.

Abercrombie is touting his efforts to secure funding in the legislative branch spending bill to begin an estimated $8 million renovation of the House gym. The project is personally important to Abercrombie, who sets a yearly goal to bench-press 200 pounds more than his age, now 69.

Pelosi and other Democratic leaders are not eager for a multimillion-dollar renovation of the congressional members-only gym to be one of the first accomplishments of the Democratic majority. They worry that freshman Democrats could be attacked on the campaign trail next year for approving a fancy new gym for themselves after winning office.

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KEYWORDS: pelosi

1 posted on 08/07/2007 6:50:31 PM PDT by bnelson44
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To: bnelson44

And the circus continues. The dems must actually want to have negative approval ratings, because this is the way to do it.


2 posted on 08/07/2007 6:58:51 PM PDT by hsalaw
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To: bnelson44

There must be a whole bunch of private gyms, and a bath house for Barney, these suckers can join and pay for it, just like the little folk, out of their own pockets.


3 posted on 08/07/2007 7:00:02 PM PDT by Rudder
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To: bnelson44
Pelosi and other Democratic leaders are not eager for a multimillion-dollar renovation of the congressional members-only gym to be one of the firstonly accomplishments of the Democratic majority.

But they'll settle for that "accomplishment" because otherwise, they've got nothing to show for their two years in office.

4 posted on 08/07/2007 7:02:57 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Rudder
And maybe they can be charged sales tax for their private memberships, just like the tax the liberal scum passed in NJ, last year.
5 posted on 08/07/2007 7:06:10 PM PDT by alice_in_bubbaland (I will respect illegal aliens civil rights, when they respect the sovereignty of the US!)
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To: bnelson44
Let them buy a bus, and the whole lot of them can exercise at Walter Reed, and talk to the brave soldiers there trying to overcome their injuries!
6 posted on 08/07/2007 7:09:26 PM PDT by aShepard (Oh little Mohammad, Couchy, Couchy Coo; your momma is so proud, you'll be the cutest suicide bomber)
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To: bnelson44
Beautiful. Now, let's review - Pelosi campaigned on the basis of a "culture of corruption," insisted that the only hope of the country was putting Dems in office to fix things up, promised a Gingrichian 100 days that would set the country right, promised a new direction in Iraq, in healthcare, in "accountability"...and the signal accomplishments of her reign are a multimillion-dollar private jet and a luxurious health club?

It isn't about running the country. It's all about power and the perquisites of office.

7 posted on 08/07/2007 7:10:25 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: bnelson44

Okay, okay, their gym is awful.

$8 million? seriously? I mean, they’re gonna buy 1000 tread mill machines?

Heck, we could replace our entire YMCA here for under $8 million, and we’ve got a ton of members!

The average Curves franchise needs, what, $50,000 in equipment?


8 posted on 08/07/2007 7:12:36 PM PDT by TWohlford
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To: bnelson44

9 posted on 08/07/2007 7:13:02 PM PDT by MAexile (Bats left, votes right)
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To: bnelson44
Abercrombie is touting his efforts to secure funding in the legislative branch spending bill to begin an estimated $8 million renovation of the House gym. The project is personally important to Abercrombie, who sets a yearly goal to bench-press 200 pounds more than his age, now 69.

Another reason why the fence is taking so long to build.
10 posted on 08/07/2007 7:18:08 PM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it!)
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To: bnelson44

House gym?

How about all the Senior Citizens that the dimocrats are taking money from and giving to their supposedly wonderful CHiP program for children?

Such schemers.


11 posted on 08/07/2007 7:18:42 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: alice_in_bubbaland

“greening the campus”?.....I wonder what the he!! that means?!!I hope the Repubs are cunning enough to use this ridiculous spending against the Dems in the next campaign....


12 posted on 08/07/2007 7:19:18 PM PDT by cfrels
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To: bnelson44

House gym?

In other words..............give it up to Social Security.


13 posted on 08/07/2007 7:19:21 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: MAexile

It’s Pelosi’s fault.


14 posted on 08/07/2007 7:20:02 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: bnelson44

These are the real issues on the table /s


15 posted on 08/07/2007 7:24:43 PM PDT by vigilante2 (Thank You Troops)
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To: bnelson44

Gosh, a House Gym. They all look like stud muffins/muffinetts now.


16 posted on 08/07/2007 7:26:14 PM PDT by mojo114
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To: bnelson44

bench pressing 269-he’s a little girly man


17 posted on 08/07/2007 7:26:54 PM PDT by mrmargaritaville
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To: alice_in_bubbaland

I used to live in East Orange-—glad that’s over.


18 posted on 08/07/2007 7:28:54 PM PDT by Rudder
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To: bnelson44
...an estimated $8 million renovation of the House gym.

With the MSM fed hysteria sweeping the nation, why don't they spend this $$$ on bridge repair?

19 posted on 08/07/2007 7:29:18 PM PDT by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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Hey Rep. Neil Abercrombie... my company had an on-site gym, but guess what... we employees still had to pay to use it.

If anyone told you life was fair... they LIED.

Now don't go away mad, just, go away - and pay for it you're own damn self (even though, sadly, the money you would have to use still comes out of us tax payers' pockets).

20 posted on 08/07/2007 7:29:37 PM PDT by Trajan88 (www.bullittclub.com)
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To: bnelson44
New $8million Gym for Congress

How many more people will die on defective bridges because of this misspent money? (sniff...)

21 posted on 08/07/2007 7:29:48 PM PDT by 69ConvertibleFirebird (Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level, then beat you with experience.)
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To: bnelson44
From the looks of most of these idiots they haven't used what they have!

Screw em, go for a run on the streets that TAXPAYERS have paid for many times over.

Friggin rat bastards, I'm sick of these people!

22 posted on 08/07/2007 7:29:48 PM PDT by unixfox (The 13th Amendment Abolished Slavery, The 16th Amendment Reinstated It !)
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To: bnelson44

How can they spend that much on a gym when they get the dumbbells for free?


23 posted on 08/07/2007 7:30:30 PM PDT by P-40 (Al Qaeda was working in Iraq. They were just undocumented.)
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To: bnelson44

Hey Abercrombie, just go over to the Library of Congress and bench press a copy of the Internal Revenue Code. That increases every year by more than a pound so you should be able to keep in shape with it.


24 posted on 08/07/2007 7:38:40 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (May the heirs of Charles Martel and Jan Sobieski rise up again to defend Europe.)
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To: bnelson44

They need to buy from the home shopping network. They could save maybe $7,999,000.00


25 posted on 08/07/2007 7:58:04 PM PDT by Kirkwood
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To: bnelson44

Abercrombie and Stretch


26 posted on 08/07/2007 8:02:27 PM PDT by savedbygrace (SECURE THE BORDERS FIRST (I'M YELLING ON PURPOSE))
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To: unixfox

Yeah, I imagine the house ‘gym’ is a good place to go to get some peace and quiet, or maybe for their surreptitious trysts with the underage house page boys.


27 posted on 08/07/2007 8:07:00 PM PDT by ichabod1 ("Liberals read Karl Marx. Conservatives UNDERSTAND Karl Marx." Ronald Reagan)
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To: unixfox

Yeah, I imagine the house ‘gym’ is a good place to go to get some peace and quiet, or maybe for their surreptitious trysts with the underage house page boys.


28 posted on 08/07/2007 8:07:03 PM PDT by ichabod1 ("Liberals read Karl Marx. Conservatives UNDERSTAND Karl Marx." Ronald Reagan)
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To: bnelson44

These people are nuts


29 posted on 08/07/2007 8:08:39 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker ( Hunter/Thompson/Thompson/Hunter in 08! "Read my lips....No new RINO's" !!)
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To: bnelson44

That $8 million amounts to $15K per Distinguished Member of Congress. How many of us ordinary Americans can afford $15K in fitness equipment—even if we’re as enthused about exercise as the Distinguished Representative Neil Abercrombie? But let’s face facts: an overwhelming majority this Distinguished group are too elderly, senile, or obese to make any meaningful use of any such equipment. The main distinction of these Distinguished folks is that they’re less popular than gangbangers or terrorists, and this move doesn’t reverse that situation.


30 posted on 08/07/2007 8:21:11 PM PDT by dufekin (Name the leader of our enemy: Islamic Republic of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, terrorist dictator)
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To: bnelson44
This Fattazz works out? Right. I believe it. No one else would, but I do.


31 posted on 08/07/2007 8:46:33 PM PDT by ARE SOLE (Agents Ramos and Campean are in prison at this very moment..)
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To: bnelson44

Pelosi and other Democratic leaders are not eager for a multimillion-dollar renovation of the congressional members-only gym to be one of the first accomplishments of the Democratic majority. They worry that freshman Democrats could be attacked on the campaign trail next year for approving a fancy new gym for themselves after winning office.
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PUT IT ON A RE-HAB FOR THE DAVs,,,POS...


32 posted on 08/07/2007 8:53:37 PM PDT by 1COUNTER-MORTER-68 (THROWING ANOTHER BULLET-RIDDLED TV IN THE PILE OUT BACK~~~~~)
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To: bnelson44

Does Pelosi need a gym to do her face lifts?


33 posted on 08/07/2007 9:01:23 PM PDT by HardStarboard (Take No Prisoners - We're Out of Qurans)
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To: P-40
How can they spend that much on a gym when they get the dumbbells for free?

Perfectly stated. LOL, here.

The really sad part of the joke line is the cost the bastards cost us with their special projects having nothing to do with the overriding purpose of the piece of legislation they are shoving thought the sausage mill.

34 posted on 08/07/2007 11:00:35 PM PDT by jws3sticks (Hillary can take a very long walk on a very short pier, anytime, and the sooner the better!)
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To: bnelson44

All this controversy.... The money is for the gymnasium’s new Ted Kennedy wing to honor him for all the hours he’s spent there working out. It also includes the cost of the soon to be dedicated Chappaquiddick wading pool.


35 posted on 08/07/2007 11:30:16 PM PDT by elephantlips
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To: HardStarboard
"Does Pelosi need a gym to do her face lifts?"

ROFLMAO!!!

36 posted on 08/08/2007 12:07:53 AM PDT by defconw ( "God hasn't promised us tomorrow, but he has promised us eternity."- Tony Snow)
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To: Rudder

There are legitimate reasons for having a gym onsite, including security and time concerns. It may even be cheaper since you know they’d be taking government vehicles to drive over to a private club.

But it should be run as a business and Congresscritters should have to pay for it. With the government providing a rent-free space, surely the Congresscritters can afford to pay $30/month to use the gym ?


37 posted on 08/08/2007 9:32:16 AM PDT by Kellis91789 (Liberals aren't atheists. They worship government -- including human sacrifices.)
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To: defconw
>>>"Does Pelosi need a gym to do her face lifts?"<<<

Thanks for the ROF kudo...I smiled at it too when when my brain came out with it without prompting - other than the "Pelosi Wants Gym" headline.

I'm normally pretty dull - occasionally politics lifts me out of my doldrums.

38 posted on 08/08/2007 8:56:41 PM PDT by HardStarboard (Take No Prisoners - We're Out of Qurans)
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