Saturday, November 18th, 2017

Hey Congressman, no space heaters in the cubicles


This has schadenfreude written all over it.

While U.S. Capitol staff prepare office space for the 94 incoming House freshman, their defeated or retiring predecessors have been banished to the basement.

Outgoing members had to vacate their offices by noon today. Their new homes for the rest of the lame-duck session: two chairs and cubicles in the basement of the Rayburn House Office Building.

“It’s a bit humbling,” said Tim Schlittner, spokesman for the defeated Rep. Phil Hare (D., Ill.). “I feel like Milton from ‘Office Space.’”

Mr. Schlittner was referring to the character from the 1999 comedy about cubicle culture who is banished to the basement. He said his boss has yet to visit his new digs.

Washington Wire snatched a quick peek at the suite, sandwiched between the cafeteria and the vending room, which is closed to the public.

C’mon, you’re picturing David Obey in his cube playing Folsom Prison Blues on his harmonica. It’s okay, you can enjoy it just a little. Okay, a lot.

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