White House Tours Halted

WASHINGTON (March 5, 2013)--The Obama administration is canceling tours of the White House beginning Saturday until further notice, citing staffing reductions resulting from the automatic budget cuts that began to take effect last Friday.

The White House is a popular destination for tourists, especially during the spring break season.

Callers to the White House Visitors Office information line were being told that tours that are already planned will not be rescheduled.

Officials said the cancellations would not affect the White House Easter Egg Roll on April 1.

The automatic spending cuts are hitting a myriad of accounts from the Pentagon to education grants.

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