White House Tours
Information released by the White House on March 5, 2013, indicated that White House tours will be suspended beginning March 9, 2013. The White House cited staffing reductions resulting from sequestration as the reason for suspending White House tours. While my office can continue to submit White House tour requests, my office has no information on when tours of the White House will resume.
I am disappointed by the White House’s decision to suspend public tours, and on March 7, 2013, I sent a letter to the president requesting information regarding the anticipated cost savings of these actions, and requesting information on the number of White House personnel who are assigned to the visitors’ office and whether or not this policy will result in lay-offs, furloughs and/or pay cuts. I believe we all need to work together to improve this country’s financial outlook, but the White House’s decision to close public access to the residence of the United States President is not the solution.
White House tours have occurred on and off since the Coolidge administration. Tours ceased during World War II, and for a short time following the assassination of President Kennedy, and the September 11, 2001, attacks.
If you have further questions please feel free to contact my office at (202) 224-2321 or toll free from South Dakota at 1-866-850-3855.