Ticket-holders for this year’s White House Easter Egg Roll have been warned the annual event could be canceled due to sequestration cuts.
The Washington Post reported a memo was sent out last week to all those who had tickets, including all members of Congress who received five tickets per family.
According to the article, the memo read in part:
Finally, 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. If cancelled, the event will not be re-scheduled. We will notify you if there are any modifications to this event.
Members of the GOP criticized the Obama administration for this recent warning following the closing of the White House to public tours.
Newt Gingrich even sent a tweet slamming the administration for even suggesting the 135th Easter Egg Roll could be canceled:
Shameless! How else can you describe the threat to cancel white house Easter egg hunt? Maybe pathetic, demagogic? You try to find right words.
The Post reported that a White House official said the event is “proceeding as planned,” however, the “event is subject to cancellation due to funding uncertainty, including the possibility of a government shutdown.”
Ultimately, the decision to cancel the April 1st event will come down to whether or not Congress passes a continuing resolution in the coming days.