Roberts wants White House to remain open to public

Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., blasted the announcement this week by the U.S. Secret Service and the National Park Service that because of staffing reductions resulting from sequestration, public tours of the White House will be canceled beginning Saturday. “This is perception politics run amok,” Roberts said in a statement. “The White House spends tens of thousands of dollars each year on Christmas decorations and elaborate events, but when asked to trim its budget they opt to close the White House gate to the American people.”