White House Tours Halted, Staff Reductions Blamed

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  • WASHINGTON (AP) — No more chance sightings of first dog Bo?

    Citing the impact of new spending cuts on staffing, the U.S. Secret Service and the National Park Service announced that public tours of the White House will be canceled beginning Saturday.

    The cancellations come at the start of the spring tourist season, a popular time for White House tours.

    Callers to the White House Visitors Office information line are told that tours already planned will not be rescheduled. The free, self-guided tours can take three weeks to six months for visitors to arrange through requests submitted to members of Congress or to embassies.

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