The Senate barbershop gets a trim.
Mar 25, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 27 • By RYAN LOVELACE
Senate Hair Care Services has cost taxpayers about $5.25 million over 15 years. They foot the bill of more than $40,000 for the shoeshine attendant last fiscal year. Six barbers took in more than $40,000 each, including nearly $80,000 for the head barber.
Gainer, who is entering his seventh year as sergeant at arms, accepts the blame, saying “shame on me” for not moving to privatize it sooner. But he adds, “I’ve tried to be more of a humanitarian than some people would like, and not just wallop everyone’s heads off at once.”
As press and politicians continue to play Chicken Little over sequestration, it’s comforting to know that at least someone in the Senate recognizes that the institution could use a trim.
Ryan Lovelace, a student at Butler University, is a contributing reporter to The College Fix and a Weekly Standard intern.