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Congressman Jones sends President Obama letter about White House tours

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     Congressman Walter B. Jones is calling on President Obama to stop taking tax-payer funded vacations.

     Jones says the President should open the White House back up for public tours before taking vacations. This comes after the White House announced last week that in response to sequestration budget cuts it will stop public tours. Jones says the president has gone to Hawaii four times at an estimated tax payer cost of four million dollars for each trip. 

The entire letter is below: 



WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) helped to introduce a House resolution calling on President Barack Obama to stop taking taxpayer-funded vacations until he reopens the White House for public tours.  The resolution comes after the Obama administration announced last week that in response to sequestration budget cuts, it will stop public tours of the White House.  The resolution – H.Res. 111 – was authored by Jones' Republican colleague, Rep. Chris Stewart (UT-2).  According to the Congressional Research Service, the annual cost of maintaining public tours of the White House is $3.7 million.  Meanwhile, President Obama has vacationed to Hawaii four times at an estimated taxpayer cost of $4 million each.  With the President and his family taking numerous other vacations in the recent past, and planning more vacations for the coming months, Congressman Jones does not think it is asking too much for the First Family to forgo another taxpayer-funded getaway in order to keep the White House open to the taxpayers of this country.

"I am sure that everyone would love $4 million or to take an expensive vacation," said Jones.  "But the current reality is that this country has a spending problem and everyone is having to pinch pennies.  I think it is only right for the president to trim the fat in his own house, especially if it means keeping the ‘People's House' open for the taxpayers."

For additional information, please contact Catherine Fodor in Congressman Jones' office at (202) 225-3415.

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