White House Tours Cancelled Due to Sequestration

White House Tours Cancelled Due to Sequestration


By April Ryan, aprildryan.com

The White House has sent Congressional Offices an urgent memo saying all tours at the White House are cancelled until further notice because of sequestration. Tours are normally scheduled through your Congressional leader’s office. There will be no more tours starting March 9th because of staffing constraints due to sequestration.

On a related note, the annual White House Easter Egg Roll is still a go.  But, a Congressional office says the White House has informed them, they will make a final determination on the Easter Egg Roll closer to the event.  Meanwhile, a White House source says there are no changes right now for the annual event.  So for, it is slated to take place on the White House South Lawn.  The White House Easter Egg Roll has been a tradition at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. for 135 years.

Here is the White House memo:

Subject: ***Important White House Tours Update***

ATTN Interested Parties,

Due to staffing reductions resulting from sequestration, we regret to inform you that White House Tours will be cancelled effective Saturday, March 9, 2013 until further notice.  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.   For updates regarding this situation, please contact the White House Visitors Office 24 Hour Hotline at (202) 456-7041.


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  1. NO WHITE HOUSE TOURS? That house belongs to the American people! It should be an open-door policy that we come and go whenever. Ok, the cost for Secret Service is an expense…NO PROBLEM…have CONGRESS cover that, THEY don’t show up in Washington D.C. for ANYTHING else. Let them cover White House tours…seems like they don’t want to do anything else so let’s make them WORK for their money just like EVERY OTHER AMERICAN! Problem SOLVED! It’s as EASY as that……America Speak UP! LOVE THE FIRST AMENDMENT!