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White House tours for School Groups

U.S. President Barack Obama has said he is looking for ways to resume White House tours for school groups, after the cancellation of the popular tours caused a stir.

In an interview with ABC News aired Wednesday, Obama said the cancellation of the tours "was not a decision that went up to the White House," as the directive came from the Secret Service, which protects the White House.

The White House said last Tuesday that it has to cancel public tours due to automatic government spending cuts. The decision was widely panned by Republicans, and the White House later explained the decision stemmed from the need to furlough Secret Service agents, blaming the Congress for failing to reach an agreement to prevent the automatic spending cuts.

"What the Secret Service explained to us was that they were going to furlough some folks," said Obama. "What furloughs mean is people are going to lose a day of work and a day of pay."

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