White House tours to resume on limited basis in November

WASHINGTON Fri Oct 18, 2013 4:24pm EDT

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House will reopen for public tours in November after a seven-month hiatus triggered by federal budget cuts.

Starting on November 5, tours of the East Wing and executive residence portions of the White House will resume for three days a week, rather than five.

The popular tours were shut down last March after $85 billion in spending cuts kicked in and Secret Service officials could not provide sufficient personnel for the tours.

Secret Service spokesman Robert Novy said the agency was able to find money for the tours based on appropriations from a budget bill, known as a continuing resolution, that ended a 16-day government shutdown on Thursday.

"In light of the new fiscal year, the Secret Service is confident that, through the continuing resolution, tours can operate on a limited schedule while still meeting operational requirements," he said.

(Reporting By Steve Holland; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

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Harry079 wrote:
It’s kind of ironic that the day after the President signs the budget and debt deal the single biggest one day jump in the National Debt of $328 billion occurs.

That one day jump is nearly 10% of the entire 2014 budget if there was one. The trail of debt now in dollars bills is equal to 8.5 round trip tickets to the Sun.

Oct 19, 2013 12:44pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Obsilutely wrote:
@Harry079 – Congress usually sets a limit of the debt ceiling but this time they have set a deadline instead. This means Congress granted a debt increase equal to the amount that is spent until February 7th, 2014. They did this without any spending cuts but have included earmarks (one that is rather substantial) in the deal.

The irony lies in the fact that the biggest whiners about the debt just removed a monetary cap and turned the constraint into a date. That’s rich lol.

Oh, and here’s a link to the FY2014 budget so you can figure out what that ten percent figure is:


Oct 19, 2013 2:54pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Harry079 wrote:
@Obsilutely- That’s the same thing that Congress did from the end of December to May 19th. The first 5 weeks of 2013 the Treasury ran on it’s Extraordinary Measures program until the President signed the Temporary Suspension of the debt limit. Once that was signed the money spent under the Treasury’s program was repaid through issuing more debt.

On May 19 the debt limit reset at the amount that was spent from the end of December until that date. The next day May 20th the Treasury again had to institute it’s Extraordinary Measures program and was used until this latest deal was signed.

So from May 20 until last Thursday the Treasury spent $328 billion dollars using manuvers under the EM program to keep the government just $25 million under the Debt Subject to the Limit.

I was not aware that there was a 2014 budget passed by Congress and signed by the President.

If there was could you provide a link to that?

Oct 19, 2013 4:24pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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