Attention Tourists: Nonessentials Will Help You See the Sights

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Jason Dick
Posted October 1, 2013 at 4:54pm

Tourists: They probably didn’t anticipate locked doors and barriers when they planned their trips to Washington, D.C., this week. Furloughed, nonessential feds: They’ve got some time on their hands. Perhaps they can combine forces for the greater good?

That’s the sentiment, at least, for scores of furloughed federal workers who are making themselves available on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History (10th St. and Constitution Ave. NW) for a “Shutdown Guide for DC Tourists.”

The Washington D.C. Metro Council of the AFL-CIO is helping coordinate furloughed union members to distribute copies of the union’s “Federal Worker’s Guide to Shutdown DC” a handy-dandy pamphlet about seeing sights that aren’t closed down.

Afterward, perhaps the visitors can buy a nonessential fed a cold one at any one of the many friendly establishments in town that are providing comfort stations for the furloughed among us. We’re all in it together.