Senate elevator operators back at work in U.S.Capitol

After being furloughed a result of the U.S. government shutdown, the three elevator operators who man the senators-only elevators in the U.S. Capitol are now back at work thanks to Congress voting to end the shutdown, according to the Senate Sergeant at Arms Office, which employs the operators. Working in the capitol since the late 19th century, operators are paid by taxpayers. The Weekly Standard  reports that together, they have been paid more than US$1.2 million over the past five years, garnering some criticism. However, the article also notes that besides operating elevators, they serve as guides and ushers and can perform first aid and CPR.

Because I failed to find a free photo of the actual elevator attendants in U.S. Senate quarters, here is one of the attendants at the Smith Tower building in Seattle.

Because I could not find a free photo of actual elevator attendants in U.S. Senate quarters, here is one of attendants in the lobby of Smith Tower in Seattle.

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