Allow School Groups to Tour the White House

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Target: Secret Service Deputy Director A.T. Smith

Goal: Allow school groups to go on tours of the White House

Recently, all tours through the White House were cancelled due to budget cuts to the Secret Service. The tours do cost money as it takes many guards to secure the White House before allowing the public inside. However, tours have long been offered at the White House, and many are disappointed that they will no longer be allowed to see inside this historic building. Among the disappointed are students across the country who visit Washington, D.C. to learn about its history. These students should be able to see inside the White House.

The Secret Service has stopped tours to save money. The cost of employing the 37 officers it takes to secure the White House is over $70,000 a week. However, there are ways to cut costs without cutting the entire tour program. Limiting the tours to school groups will allow students across the country to see the historic building while still saving money by not having tours every day of the week. This would also allow the many officers to keep their positions as security.

Many students are lobbying to be allowed to tour the White House, especially those that have been looking forward to future trips. President Obama has personally asked the Secret Service to allow school groups on tours. While it is important for branches of the government to save money, students should not be punished because of budget cuts. Tell the Secret Service that instead of completely eliminating the tour program, money should be saved by allowing only school groups to take tours of the White House.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Director Smith,

Recently, all tours through the White House were cancelled due to budget cuts. The Secret Service has decided to save money by not employing the officers needed to secure the White House for the public. This means that no one from the public will be allowed to visit the historic site, including students visiting Washington, D.C.. However, money could also be saved by limiting the number of people to tour the White House.

I ask you to allow school groups to tour the White House. Students who visit from all over the country and are learning about history should be allowed to experience this place. Allowing only school groups will also limit the number of people touring the area, which will help save money. The White House is commonly referred to as “the people’s house”, and the people, especially students, should be allowed to see it.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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