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Gov. Branstad plans tours after White House closed

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 28, 2013 at 4:49 am •  Published: March 28, 2013
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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad will meet with Iowa students whose White House tour was canceled due to automatic federal budget cuts.

Branstad on Thursday is scheduled to welcome students from St. Paul's Lutheran School in Waverly to the state Capitol and the governor's mansion, Terrace Hill. Branstad will give them the tours of the mansion and his offices.

The sixth-graders' White House visit was canceled when tours were suspended due to across-the-board government spending cuts amid partisan budget battles.

The students posted a video on Facebook asking that tours be reinstated, but they couldn't enter the White House during a trip earlier this month.

Republicans have argued money should be shifted to restore tours, but the White House says stopping the tours prevented more furloughs of Secret Service agents.