The Obama administration announced this week that White House tours are being canceled beginning Saturday, March 9, 2013 until further notice due to staffing reductions as a result of sequestration. Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) encouraged constituents of Ohio’s Fifth Congressional District to contact his office to set up tours of the U.S. Capitol:
“Rather than cutting federal waste such as lavish government conferences and payments to public relations firms, the White House has chosen instead to cut public tours. I understand the disappointment of those who have had their previously scheduled White House tours canceled. My office will continue to provide public tours of the U.S. Capitol and welcome constituents who are visiting Washington to schedule tours through my office,” Latta said. “As a result of sequestration the federal government is undergoing budget cuts, including a 8.2 percent cut in congressional office budgets, however plans to meet the new spending levels have been implemented within my office to ensure regular activities, such as public tours, can proceed as usual.”
The mandatory federal budget cuts, known as sequestration, went into effect March 1, 2013. Under sequestration, federal agencies and offices are required to reduce spending within their budgets.
To schedule public tours through Congressman Latta’s office, visit his website at latta.house.gov or call toll free (800) 541-6446.