White House warns Easter Egg Roll could be canceled
March 19th, 2013
01:40 PM ET
2 years ago

White House warns Easter Egg Roll could be canceled

Washington (CNN) - Ticket holders for the upcoming White House Easter Egg Roll are being warned the annual event could be canceled if lawmakers can't agree on a measure funding the federal government.

As for now, the event will go on as planned – though warnings have gone out to members of Congress and ticketholders that a partial government shutdown would cause the egg roll to be scrapped.

In a memo to lawmakers, who receive tickets to the egg roll, the White House notes that "by using these tickets, guests are acknowledging that this event is subject to cancellation due to funding uncertainty surrounding the Executive Office of the President and other federal agencies."

The memo adds that if the event is canceled, it would not be rescheduled.

On Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the egg roll was still on.

"Because we distributed tickets to the Easter Egg Roll far in advance of the actual event, we alerted all ticketholders that this event is subject to cancellation due to funding uncertainty, including the possibility of a government shutdown," Carney said.

"We have every expectation that the Easter Egg Roll will proceed as planned," he added later.

A partial government shutdown would occur if Congress fails to extend funding authorization by the March 27 deadline, something leaders from both parties have said they'd like to avoid.

A person familiar with the ticket confirmations said every attendee received the same cancellation warning on their ticket confirmation, including both members of Congress and those who won tickets through the lottery.

The Easter Egg Roll – an annual event featuring games, music and the egg roll - is celebrating its 135th anniversary this year. It's slated to take place April 1.

The White House announced earlier this month it was suspending public tours through September 30 as a consequence of the forced spending cuts-known as the "sequester."

The move quickly sparked controversy, with some Republicans arguing the Obama administration was using the canceled tours as a political ploy to draw up negative reaction from the American public over the cuts.

The U.S. Secret Service told CNN that the plan will help the agency save $74,000 per week – or $2 million over the next seven months, which is the scheduled length of the ongoing forced budget cuts. That total covers the cost of paying 37 uniformed officers $50 an hour for 40 hours a week to secure the tour's route through the East Wing.

But that's just a fraction of the $84 million the Secret Service needs to cut from its $1.6 billion budget, according to the Office of Management and Budget. The officers normally assigned to the tours will be reassigned to other duties at the White House.


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soundoff (192 Responses)
  1. paul

    Maybe he and Michele shold cancel some of those appearances with celebrities and television shows that they seem to make so frequently. Should save a bundle in transportation and security costs. Of course this will make us all feel the fiscal pain more and he can balme Republicans as he deprives the kids of some fun. Come to think of it, maybe he does somewhat resemble that guy on Discovery's "The Bible."

    March 19, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  2. Today

    EASTER is cancelled too

    March 19, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  3. cobbled-mule

    I hope Biden cancelled his trip to the popes inauguration. We was heading up a delegation on the tax payers back.

    March 19, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  4. dan

    Must need all the security to go golfing on that date can't be allowing no religous people be interferring witha golf outing.

    March 19, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  5. NS

    I am not sure how the govt has money to spend on Joe Biden's trip to Rome for the Inaugral mass at the Vatican. How about some real separation of church and state. ie. No spending on personal trips of state leaders for church events.
    Sequester is just an excuse, they are not really cutting unnecessary spending.

    March 19, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  6. Tea Party Thomas

    Tell the kids the Easter Bunny will bring them eggs and candy. Stop wasteful spending NOW.

    March 19, 2013 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  7. Marcus Takatoa

    Nobody could volunteer for the thing?

    March 19, 2013 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  8. Lori Lee

    Lets cut some of those inflated salaries....

    March 19, 2013 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  9. Junus Grumby

    By cutting out the Easter Egg Roll, wonder how many golf junkets this will pay for.

    March 19, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  10. paul

    Maybe he and Michele should cancel some of those appearances with celebrities and television shows that they seem to make so frequently. Should save a bundle in transportation and security costs. Of course this will make us all feel the fiscal pain more and he can blame Republicans as he deprives the kids of some fun. Come to think of it, maybe he does somewhat resemble that guy on Discovery's "The Bible."

    March 19, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  11. Will S

    Personally, I blame the House of Representatives:
    Article 1, Section 7, 1: All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.
    Article 1, Section 8, 1: The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

    March 19, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  12. Jenessa

    When placing blame on either party, people forget these debt problems have been problems over many presidental terms not 1 republican or 1 democrat but both sides have contributed. We as a country can't get OUT of debt overnight just like we didn't get IN it overnight. Instead of trying to decrease the debt why don't we just start with not increasing it. And then try to decrease it.

    March 19, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  13. Will S

    The Pope is a head of state (Vatican City) in addition to being the leader of a church.

    March 19, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  14. Lynda/Minnesota

    @Dominican mama
    Until then may I suggest laughing hard and often.....

    I don't know how Rudy does it either. Or Sniffit. But, kudos to both ...
    Oh, I laugh at the silly GOPers and GOPerettes. Very hard and very often.

    March 19, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  15. Bill Owens

    The country is in the best of hands.

    March 19, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  16. Ancient Texan

    RudyNYC- But it is still Obama's plan and itx is costing him in approval ratings. The "committee" that would head off automatic cuts was a bipartisan, gutless joke.

    March 19, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  17. Troy

    So, the administration signs several unconstitutional laws, Obama signs several executive orders bringing most of the country's infrastructure under government control, DHS, Social Security Administraton, FEMA, and other organizations purchase over a billion hollow point rounds, 2700 MRAP armored vehicles, talk of civil war abounds, and now the White House is distancing itself from the population it serves. Doesn't that seem odd?

    March 19, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  18. critical thinking

    President Obama : "I'm taking my eggs and going home, not get off the lawn"

    March 19, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  19. LB in Ahwahnee

    The officers normally assigned to the tours will be reassigned to other duties at the White House.
    So how is this saving money? Their saleries all come out of the same budget...Lets look at the illegals in this country, Now we are talking some big savings..

    March 19, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  20. ibuk

    How much would it save if we fired all these lazy, good for nothing politicians?

    At $174,000 per rank-and-file members of the House and Senate, and $200,000 for the senate and house leadership + benefits and expenses, add it up $93+ million in just salaries alone that's a lot of savings.

    Perhaps we could then hire some of the unemployed workforce who actually want to work and earn a fair paycheck.

    Just imagine how much more could be saved and accomplished.

    March 19, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  21. LB in Ahwahnee

    @ Troy...Right on the money, kinda scary if you ask me

    March 19, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  22. jane

    Typical Republican water cooler conversation: What? No Easter Egg Hunt? How unamerican! How awful! What? Children going without food? What? People losing their livelihood? Yawn........

    March 19, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  23. DAK

    "LB in Ahwahnee

    The officers normally assigned to the tours will be reassigned to other duties at the White House.
    So how is this saving money? Their saleries all come out of the same budget...Lets look at the illegals in this country, Now we are talking some big savings.."

    You need to re-read the article. It says "he U.S. Secret Service told CNN that the plan will help the agency save $74,000 per week – or $2 million over the next seven months, which is the scheduled length of the ongoing forced budget cuts. That total covers the cost of paying 37 uniformed officers $50 an hour for 40 hours a week to secure the tour's route through the East Wing."

    The officers may be assigned other duties, but that won't be an extra duty on overtime.

    March 19, 2013 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  24. Lynda/Minnesota

    Junus Grumby

    By cutting out the Easter Egg Roll, wonder how many golf junkets this will pay for.
    ----------

    Not particularily. Apparently it's one of your major concerns, though. Then again, I'm not a Easter Bunny believer.

    March 19, 2013 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  25. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Come to think of it, maybe he does somewhat resemble that guy on Discovery's "The Bible."

    Yeah. Right along with a 53 year old Roma Downey portraying the Virgin Mary.

    March 19, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
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