Congress Declares War on Free Yoga Classes for Federal Employees

Federal agencies should stop bending over backwards to offer their employees free yoga classes, one House Republican has declared. And he’s introduced legislation (H.R. 5242) to stop agencies from spending the $150,000+ they have since 2013 on the exercise sessions.

“The government isn’t Google, so stop trying to be,” Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) said in a statement. “Startups across our country are offering unique benefits to their employees in exchange for working in a developing business with a new culture. But bureaucrats in Washington are already being paid by the taxpayer’s hard work and such ‘fringe benefits’ are nothing more than a waste of dollars already taken away from American families.”

According to data provided by Salmon’s office, the Department of Energy has single-handedly awarded more than $30,000 in grants for yoga services since 2013.


The bill comes in response to a report from Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), which declared “government, bending over backwards to waste your money.” Paul’s report found the Energy Department spent $11,000 in California alone to offer employees Pilates classes.