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Louie Gohmert: Obama Golf Trips Should End Until White House Tours Resume

03/05/2013 07:42 pm ET

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) proposed an amendment to the continuing spending resolution that would prevent the government from paying for President Barack Obama's golf trips, the Hill reported on Tuesday.

Gohmert called attention to the cancellation of public White House tours starting March 9 due to staffing reductions resulting from sequestration. He cited reports in conservative media that guessed the $1 million cost of Obama's trip means "341 federal employees could have kept their jobs and not been furloughed if the president had not taken his last golf outing."

Gohmert announced that he had submitted his amendment to the House Rules Committee. "None of the funds made available by a division of this act may be used to transport the president to or from a golf course until public tours of the White House resume," reads the amendment.

Obama, an avid golfer, has taken a number of golf trips as president, most recently to Florida over President's Day weekend. While at a Palm City resort, he received lessons from famed golf instructor Butch Harmon and played a round with Tiger Woods.

According to an estimate from Florida's WPTV, the president's golf getaway cost local taxpayers in Florida about $78,205 in law enforcement expenses.

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