Lawmaker's plan to save White House tours
Rep. Candice Miller explains
- Duration 2:32
- Date Mar 18, 2013
Rep. Candice Miller explains
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President Obama blaming the decision to suspend White House tours on the sequester.
I have to say that this was not a decision that went up to the White House but what the Secret Service explained to us was.
That they're gonna have to furlough -- One congresswoman offered up a -- the president to cut costs and keep those towards running joining us is house administration.
-- and disability joins us this morning nice to see you this morning.
Good morning so what did you offer the president and what was the White House's response.
Well you know I asked the president very respectfully but I said you know Mr.
President -- all dealing with the effects of the sequester I mean in the house we've taken up 5% and 6%.
Been over 8% cuts to our individual lot budgets and no one has ever -- contemplated or even suggested that we were gonna.
Closed down the capitol visitor center of the beautiful office buildings that you know we're just passing through their own by the people so I sent to the president.
What did you take it out of our hide if you have to have additional funds.
You don't have to invite members of congress over for the White House Christmas party are.
The White House picnic or other events there have to be away.
To make sure that the people's house the White House.
Is open to the American people -- that's certainly closing the White House is a very negative simple and what was the president's response to your suggestion.
You know I don't think you like me asking the question really did -- get left but.
His answer was that it was up to the Secret Service that that is why they had to close it.
And you know really his own Press Secretary Jay Carney started -- -- that although it's been an ever evolving story of who has made the determination here but basically Jay Carney said.
But the -- Secret Service gave the White House several options and then the White House decided they would close its -- So I you know I don't know whether the president.
Thought it was OK for him to throw the Secret Service under the bus.
The Secret Service is there to protect the president they don't make those kinds of decisions I -- at the Secret Service said that.
You know they might not be able to protect the president when he went golfing -- -- -- golfing I -- not to be but seriously.
If they're there to protect him and there are other things I think that they could do it keep the White House open there are some things that are so incredibly symbolic.
For our country keeping the White House open as I just think very very important -- -- -- -- Candice Miller thanks so much for coming ensuring that conversations.