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Capitol tours to be canceled in shutdown

Tours of the U.S. Capitol will stop with a government shutdown, the Capitol Visitors Center said Monday via its Twitter account.

The tour cancellation policy was also noted in guidelines released last week by the House Administration Committee, which sent out instructions on what to expect during the furlough process. Most CVC employees — the people who run the tours — will be deemed nonessential and the Capitol building itself will be closed to the public.

{mosads}Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), during the sequestration process in March, told CNBC it was “silly” for the White House to close its doors, which remain closed to this day.

And, in a letter to constituents, he suggested better planning on behalf of the White House would have kept the tours running.

“While I’m disappointed the White House has chosen to comply with sequestration by cutting public tours, I’m pleased to assure you that public tours of the United States Capitol will continue,” he wrote to them, in a letter published by The Washington Post.

He continued that, in the House, “planning for the possibility of sequestration has been underway for some time,” and that would “ensure public tours and other regular activities can proceed as they normally would.”

However, even if the White House had kept tours running during sequestration they would have likely ended with the shutdown: at least three quarters of the White House staff will be furloughed, the administration estimated on Monday.

Congress has until 12:01 a.m. Tuesday to pass a resolution to fund the government.

— Justin Sink contributed

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