White House cancels visitor tours, cites staff reductions due to automatic spending cuts

Jim Kuhnhenn, The Associated Press
Associated Press

WASHINGTON - No more chance sightings of first dog Bo?

The Obama administration is cancelling tours of the White House beginning Saturday, citing staffing reductions prompted by automatic budget cuts that began to take effect last Friday.

The White House is a popular destination for tourists, especially during the spring break season.

Callers to the White House Visitors Office information line are told that tours already planned will not be rescheduled.

Officials said the cancellations would not affect the White House Easter Egg Roll on April 1.

The automatic spending cuts — known in Washington parlance as the sequester — are hitting a myriad of accounts from the Pentagon to education grants.

The White House said the tours would be cancelled until further notice.