"We don't have a problem with him taking vacations, but it seems petty to close the White House to tours, when forgoing one or two out-of-town vacations would easily pay for the cost of keeping it open," Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) said Wednesday. "It's unfortunate that instead of choosing to eliminate wasteful or duplicative government spending as a result of the President's sequester, he has chosen to close the White House to the public.
Stewart's resolution, H.Res. 111, finds that the cost of keeping the White House tours open is $3.7 million per year. It also finds that Obama has taken four vacations in Hawaii during the last four years that cost a total of $16 million.
It then strongly suggests that Obama should stop taking these trips, and instead use the savings to reopen the White House tours.
"Resolved, that the President should refrain from any further vacations at the taxpayers' expense until such sums have been saved that the people's White House can be re-opened for public tours," the resolution reads.
Last week, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) proposed an amendment to the 2013 continuing resolution that would prohibit taxpayer money from being used to transport Obama to or from a golf course until the White House tours resume. But the GOP-led Rules Committee did not make that amendment in order.