Sequestration Halts White House Tours, Capitol Tours Will Continue

WASHINGTON— If your public tour of the White House has been canceled, House Speaker John Boehner says come visit the Capitol instead.

Boehner said tours there will continue, despite mandatory spending cuts that led the U.S. Secret Service and the National Park Service to halt public tours of the White House, starting Saturday, until further notice.

Boehner made the announcement in a letter to his Ohio constituents on Tuesday, following news about the suspension of White House tours. His office released the letter Wednesday.

Boehner said alternative spending cuts have been put in place at the Capitol to keep the public tours and other regular activities on schedule.

The spending cuts that went into effect last Friday require the government to trim $85 billion between March 1 and Sept. 30.

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