Barack Obama shut down the White House tours due to the recent budget cuts.
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church & School 6th graders held up protest signs outside the White House last week. The Waverly, Iowa children held signs saying, “The White House is our house. Please let us visit.”
But, the Obama administration found $500 million to send to the Palestinians this week.
State Department spokeswoman Nuland says aid money frozen by Congress for months freed up as PA faces worst economic crisis in years.
The United States has quietly unblocked almost $500 million in aid to the Palestinian Authority which had been frozen by Congress for months, a top US official said Friday.
The news that the funds had finally been freed up came after US President Barack Obama met top Israeli and Palestinian leaders in a landmark visit to Israel and the West Bank earlier this week.
“To date, we have moved $295.7 million in fiscal year 2012 money… and $200 million in fiscal year 2013 assistance,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters.
The Obama administration also notified Congress in late February that it was seeking a further $200 million to fund US Agency for International Development (USAID) programs for the Palestinians, she said.
If keeping the White House open costs the government $74,000 a week as reported, then the money going to the Palestinians could keep the White House open for 6,756 weeks or 129 years.