Nightly News   |  March 07, 2013

Boehner: ‘It’s just silly’ to suspend White House tours

The White House defended its decision to temporarily stop holding White House tours, saying the officers needed for the tours cost $74,000 a week. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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>>> the white house is trying to defend the announcement that it will suspend white house tours due to budget cuts from that sequester. breaking down the numbers, the u.s. secret service says it has 37 officers on staff for tours at a weekly cost of $74,000. the white house is getting slammed for this, because it's such a public and visible cut, while other forms of government keep right on going, as if they're trying to prove a point. while other expenditures continue, house speaker john boehner has called cancelling the white house tours silly.