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March 05, 2013

White House halts public tours because of spending cuts

The White House has notified Congress that it is discontinuing its public tours starting Saturday, according to a notice sent to a congressional office.

The news comes days after the so-called sequester kicked in -- across-the-board cuts that are the result of a bipartisan deal struck in 2011 to raise the nation’s debt ceiling. Congress agreed that if a 12-member committee failed to reduce the deficit by $1.2 trillion over the next decade, the cuts would come from government spending.

"Due to staffing reductions resulting from sequestration, we regret to inform you that White House Tours will be canceled effective Saturday, March 9, 2013 until further notice," according to the email from the White House Visitors Office. "Unfortunately, we will not be able to reschedule affected tours. We very much regret having to take this action, particularly during the popular spring touring season."  

The White House did not respond to a request for comment.


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Re: To stop all whitehouse tours !!!! United States Of America house of repersentives immediately stopped all funding to include use og AFOne to play golf games all over the world !!!

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