House shaves bargain from barbershop Price for haircut is doubled to $10

October 31, 1991|By Cox News Service

WASHINGTON $$HC ZPB — WASHINGTON -- In an act of shear politics, the House of Representatives trimmed its perquisites yesterday by sharply raising prices at its tax-subsidized barbershop.

A House administration subcommittee doubled the tab for a basic haircut from $5 to $10 and bumped the bill for a shoeshine from 75 cents to $2 in the barbershop's first round of price increases since 1979.

The action comes at a time when polls show voters are in a political lather over congressional benefits ranging from free drugs at a Capitol Hill pharmacy to free parking at National Airport. A national outcry arose recently over revelations that House members had bounced 8,000 bad checks at their cooperative bank and owed more than $300,000 in unpaid tabs at the House restaurant.

Raising prices at the House barbershop is a "very positive first step toward reform," said Representative Mary Rose Oakar, D-Ohio, chairwoman of the subcommittee.

She estimated that the price increases would cut about $50,000 from the estimated $108,000 deficit in barbershop operations for the next fiscal year.

The prices at congressional barbershops have long been among the best deals in town. A haircut in the Senate barbershop still costs $4.50. Haircuts in private area establishments range from about $9 to $25.

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