White House Is Saving Measly $18,000 A Week By Cancelling Tours


white-houseRepublicans accuse the White House of playing politics. But the White House says it is canceling White House tours because sequester spending cuts have sliced $84 million out of the Secret Service’s $1.6 billion budget. And they are the ones who secure the tours. They wouldn’t say how much this saves, so we did some math. Tours are open 20 hours a week and use 30 uniformed Secret Service officers at about $30 an hour. Total saved? Approximately $18,000 a week.” (Via The Weekly Standard.)

Assuming ABC’s per-week estimate is correct, if you’re looking over an entire fiscal year, cancelling the tours saves about $1 million – or two-thirds of a thousandth (.0625 percent) of the entire Secret Service’s annual budget, and leaves about 98.5 percent of the cuts to the agency’s budget to fall elsewhere. If those cuts have to occur within FY 2013, though, as the sequester appears to mandate, that’s actually only about $550,000, one-third of thousandth (or about .03 percent) of the Service’s budget, and leaving 99.35 percent of the budget cuts still to be made elsewhere.

House speaker John Boehner has made it clear that they’d found enough money in the Capitol’s budget to keep providing tours of America’s legislative chambers.


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  1. ok firstly 18000 is not measly however if that is the big “sacrifice” than we are in trouble because 18000 times 52 is not a drop in the bucket of our many trillion deficit they need to lower the payroll of congress, the president, judical… they need to lower taxes and make them a flat some, close some loopholes, stop borrowing from china cut aid to countries that dont follow the sanctions, cut aid to libya until the attackers form 9/11 are brought to justice and they implement further security measures to prevetn this from happening again…cut government funded brainwashing programs…stop giving money to pbs…they can fund themselves and if not there is more that enough media without it

  2. cont…they need to stop paying un dues until they take some real action against the middle east and stop crippling Israel they need to stop funding bogus thing on Obama’s agenda (say solyndra)they need to scrap obamacare…why are they fixing what aint broke its costing so much money and i dont see any benefits (my health insurance went up over 1000 this year) need to stop giving so much aid to people who dont want to work (not disabled people) this administration encourages you not to work, free food housing healthcare….all paid for by ur neighbor and security

  3. How come the sequester cuts don’t personally affect the salaries of the president or members of congress? That’s the only way to really get them to work out a deal!

  4. $18k/week is over $900,000/year. That is somewhere between five to fifteen people who don’t have to lose their jobs.

  5. ahem number four they can lower them but they cant remove them….this is to prevent only the elite from ruling…im not so sure why a presidnt needs such a high salary everything he needs is paid for while in the white house all that money goes into savings