There will be no more White House tours starting this weekend thanks to the sequester.
From a White House email sent to a Republican House member’s office Tuesday:
From: FN-WHO-Visitors Office
Sent: Tuesday, March 05, 2013 2:04 PM
To: FN-WHO-Visitors Office
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 canceled 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 [phone number].
White House Visitors Office
Requests for White House tours are generally submitted through the requester’s Member of Congress. A White House official confirmed the email’s accuracy to TPM.
Callers to the White House Visitors Office 24-Hour Hotline Tuesday were met with a recording announcing the cancelation of tours: