Canceling the White House tours saves the nation a relative pittance, lending credence to Republican charges that shuttering the People’s House had more to do with politics than the sequester.
According to ABC News, stopping the tours saves the federal government only about $18,000 per week, even as it causes massive disappointment to many – including schoolchildren – who had been planning for weeks to visit the White House.
ABC calculates that the White House is open for visits for about 20 hours per week and the tours require around 30 Secret Service agents at $30 per hour.
ABC White House correspondent Jonathan Karl, who filed the report, ran into House Speaker John Boehner on Capitol Hill. Boehner commented, “We’re open.”
H/T to Ed Morrissey at Hot Air.