New Ad: No Leadership, No Responsibility, No White House Tours

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A new ad from the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform slams the White House for canceling public tours and blaming sequestration cuts but failing to implement $67 billion in spending reforms outlined in the inspector generals' recommendations March 5.

The video shows the conflicting accounts by the Obama administration regarding whose decision it was to close the White House to school groups and visitors. On March 13, President Obama stated "this was not a decision that went up to the White House." That same day, White House press secretary Jay Carney admitted, "We had to cancel the tours."

"It’s telling that the president would rather cancel White House tours during the most popular tourist season than roll up his sleeves and get to work fixing our nation’s spending crisis," Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) said in a release. "Just two weeks ago, my committee released a report chronicling $67 billion in unimplemented reforms recommended by the president’s own non-partisan inspectors general."

In an interview the day the recommendations were released, Issa called it "a crying shame" the Obama administration ignored them.

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