Blaming the sequester, the Obama Administration has decided to cancel all public tours of the White House beginning on Saturday, March 9th. While the administration issued a statement that said that the decision was made because of staff reduction due to the sequester it is important to note that White House tours are staffed by volunteers, not government workers.
Affected by the decision to cancel the tours is the sixth grade class form St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Waverly. The students have started a “The White House is Our House” campaign and have been featured on ABC National News. The class had created a Facebook page, but this morning it seems to have been deactivated.
Pastor Curt Schnider, the Head of Staff at the school told TheIowaRepublican.com, “The site became a magnet for some unwholesome and uncivil comments. We don’t consider our school a refuge from the real world, but the vitriol in some comments was inappropriate for
students. Still, we will share the general tone of both positive and negative comments with the
students as a lesson about citizenship.”
Congressman Steve King has also weighed in on the cancellation of White House Tours
On Tuesday, March 5th, the Obama Administration announced that President Obama had decided to cancel all public White House tours effective March 9, 2013. According to the White House, this decision was made because of “staff reductions resulting from sequestration.”
The White House belongs to “We the People” and therefore should remain open for all to come and visit while visiting our Nation’s Capitol. I am disappointed the President has allowed tours to be suspended indefinitely, and I joined many of my colleagues on a letter to President Obama encouraging him to find the necessary budget cuts elsewhere and keep the White House open.
My suggestion to the President to save money for our country is for him to actually stay in the White House. Keep Air Force One grounded more often and cut back on anything extravagant. The American people have, so why shouldn’t the President?
Despite the fact that Members of Congress’ office budgets were cut during the sequester as well, my staff and I will continue to provide free public tours of the United States Capitol to any of my constituents visiting Washington, D.C. If you are traveling to Washington, please feel free to sign up for a free U.S. Capitol tour here on my website.
I look forward to having the opportunity to meet with you in my Washington, D.C. office if you choose to visit our Nation’s Capitol. And, as always, please do not hesitate to contact me with any other comments, questions, or concerns.
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