WH blaming sequestration for canceling tours
Is move politically motivated?
- Duration 3:46
- Date Mar 5, 2013
Is move politically motivated?
Also in this playlist...
This transcript is automatically generated
In the east once the weather breaks in a few weeks Washington will be a very popular destination for travelers but tonight chief Washington.
White House correspondent rather Ed Henry tells us there is one place where the welcome mat is no longer out.
Time for the spring break Russian tourist White House officials today -- congress they're taking the highly unusual step of canceling tours.
Didn't staffing reductions resulting from sequestration.
They're Gretchen formula that -- tours of the -- the -- -- Saturday march ninth 2013.
Until further -- it.
An aide to Republican senator Tom Coburn immediately declared the White House says quote.
Jumped the shark Questar while others charge the president's cabinet is trying to gin up the impact.
I do think it's -- I do think it's political but I also think it's transparent in the sense that the public is looking for more from their leaders and ending -- -- at the White House.
That came -- Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano again claimed airports are facing major wait times I think that would.
The current way it's -- we could see.
A lot of missed connections in the secretary herself said yesterday she was not sure of the details and would have to check.
Shouldn't she know before she says something like that.
Exactly which airport for having -- -- I ever saw as a secretary of transportation Ray LaHood make clear when he spoke to -- from this.
There will be.
-- negative effects on.
Our air traffic because of the reductions in.
FAA man -- Republicans are also raising questions about the president's news conference Friday when he again suggested up to 70000 kids.
Could get kicked off headstart and now suddenly that -- start slot has -- And they're trying to figure out how -- gonna keep my job.
Because I can't afford.
Child care for my -- Congressional Republicans though it was only two years ago that headstart got roughly 5% increase in funding.
So how does a 5% cut now lead to massive problems I don't have in front of me I appreciate it so does that -- -- get that information for you -- again.
Find it remarkable bit.
Weeks ago and certainly months ago were decrying sequester is the worst possible thing that could happen.
Now we embrace it as a victory.
And try to diminish it's impact.
On the most vulnerable people in America and officials from the veterans of foreign wars today testified they do have major worries about the impact on troops returning home from Afghanistan.
With the VFW's national commander John Hamilton saying on Capitol Hill.
He's quote deeply concerned that sequester will damage the department of defense and the veterans affairs White House officials know Republicans like speaker John Boehner had issued similar warnings about national security.
Although GOP lawmakers counter that -- claims on the domestic front undermine the president.
-- Obama reminds me of the little boy who cried wolf.
Having his credibility has -- -- by claims in his administration of pink slips for teachers that we find out.
We're gonna issue.
As a result sequester.
That Jay Carney did get back to us on head start and officials -- -- based on the -- they've done they think up to 70000 kids will be kicked off of head start because they've done.
An average cost per child based on budget calculations we'll see on that obviously meanwhile just the last -- -- the president has put out a written statement reacting to go Chavez's death saying quote.
At this challenging time President Bush -- -- passing.
The United States reaffirms its support for the Venezuelan people its interest to develop a constructive relationship with a Venezuelan government has what -- -- well begins a new chapter in its history.
The United States remains committed to policies that promote democratic principles the rule of law.
And respect for you write something that will be playing out in a big way in the days ahead for -- Okay ahead thanks.