The White House announced public tours of the White House will be cancelled beginning March 9, 2013 until further notice. The announcement comes just weeks before the start of the Spring Break tour season as families in southern and southwest Ohio and across the country will travel to our nation's capital to witness firsthand the history and landmarks that make this country so great.
According to the White House, the suspension is a result of staffing reductions occurring from what is known as "sequestration." Effective March 1, 2013, sequestration requires all federal agencies and offices to reduce unnecessary spending in efforts to control our out-of-control deficit crisis.
While the White House believes cutting public tours is an adequate solution to comply with sequestration, I am happy to inform you U.S. Capitol tours are proceeding as they normally would. U.S. House officers and leaders responsible for the daily operations of the Capitol have strategically made alternative spending reductions in anticipation for these cuts to ensure that the U.S. Capitol can remain open and available to you.
I am a proud co-signer of a letter asking President Obama to reconsider his decision to deny Americans access to one of the most popular and important public buildings in this country.
Should you like to visit the U.S. Capitol during your trip to Washington, DC or need assistance in visiting other DC attractions, please don't hesitate to contact my office for more information. My staff and I would be more than happy to assist you.