The money was to be shifted from a National Park Service account for preserving cultural and historical sites. The amendment was offered to a bill (HR 933), later passed, that would fund government operations for the final six months of fiscal 2013.
Tom Coburn, R-Okla., said "the National Park Service does have something to do with the White House tours....It is not a Secret Service problem, it is a national park problem."
John Reed, D-R.I., said the amendment was misdirected because White House tours are funded by the Secret Service rather than the National Park Service.
A yes vote was to restore funding for White House tours.
Voting no: Al Franken, D, Amy Klobuchar, D