So just who decided to cut the White House tours in response to sequestration? The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee highlights the different stories in a new video out today.
“It’s telling that the president would rather cancel White House tours during the most popular tourist season than roll up his sleeves and get to work fixing our nation’s spending crisis,” Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said. “Just two weeks ago, my committee released a report chronicling $67 billion in unimplemented reforms recommended by the president’s own nonpartisan Inspectors General.”
On March 13, Obama said “this was not a decision that went up to the White House.”
Later that day, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney contradicted the president, admitting, “We had to cancel the tours.”