Rep. Louie Gohmert has written to President Barack Obama, urging him to immediately restore tours of the White House.
The Texas lawmaker told Newsmax TV’s “The Steve Malzberg Show’’ he is “urging the president to allow the tours to go on. Don’t punish [people].’’
Earlier this week, the White House cancelled all tours in response to sequestration, arguing that it cut down on 37 Secret Service officers for a savings, according to NBC News, of about $74,000 a week.
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But Gohmert said since November of 2009 when an unauthorized couple crashed a White House party, the number of Secret Service agents there has doubled.
“Heck, if they’ll just go back to what they were doing before … they can still do those tours ever week and still save money,’’ Gohmert said.
He said it was important for kids visiting the nation’s capital to be able to see the historic home of the commander in chief.
“There’s just something about being in a home that really connects people … [and] most of those kids that are coming, it’ll be the only time they’ll ever come,’’ Gohmert said.
The congressman, who represents the Lone Star State’s First Congressional District, was so angry at the shutdown, he drew up a bill asking the president to curb his golf trips until the tours were restored.
“I offered an amendment to do that but our leadership did not allow my amendment to be a part of the appropriations resolution,’’ he said.
The White House tours are scheduled to shut down this weekend.
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