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Report: W.H. Saves $18k Per Week By Canceling Tours

6:56 PM, Mar 6, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
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ABC News reports this evening that the White House is saving $18,000 per week by cancelling tours:

"Republicans accuse the White House of playing politics," reports ABC. "But the White House says it is canceling the 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."

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