There's one consequence of the sequestration cuts that apparently struck a nerve with Republicans: the cancellation of public White House tours.
At least, it did for Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas. Shortly after the Obama administration announced the news on Tuesday, the congressman introduced an amendment to a continuing resolution on the federal budget that aims to block President Barack Obama from enjoying one his favorite pastimes -- golf.
“None of the funds made available by a division of this Act may be used to transport the President to or from a golf course until public tours of the White House resume,” reads the amendment.
Gohmert’s proposal hasn't received a vote in the House.
Several of the president’s Republican critics have criticized his passion for the sport, sometimes accusing him of neglecting pressing national business to indulge his whim.
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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich echoed Gohmert’s criticism on Tuesday, tweeting, “Canceling White House tours is childish and dishonest – the golf weekend in Florida cost enough to keep the White House open for months.”
Gingrich was referring to a recent trip Obama took to Florida to play a round of golf with Tiger Woods.
As a result of the $85 billion worth of automatic budget cuts, the Secret Service has had to reassign agents who normally monitor tours conducted through the White House Visitor Center.
In a statement, the agency said "this staffing measure will reduce overtime costs overall and may ultimately reduce the number of potential furloughs necessary by our agency."