Not Even Budget Cuts Can Keep The Easter Eggs From Rolling

WASHINGTON (March 20, 2013)--White House tours were discontinued because of automatic cuts in government spending, but the popular Easter Egg roll on the grounds of the presidential mansion should proceed as planned on April 1.

Free tickets have been distributed and more than 35,000 people are expected to join the first family on the South Lawn for hours of sports and games, story-telling, cooking demonstrations and the traditional rolling of hard-boiled eggs.

An earlier e-mail notified ticket recipients that this year's event could be canceled because of budget battles with Congress, but White House press secretary Jay Carney said it went out before it appeared that Congress would avoid a government shutdown next week.

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