Rumor: White House Easter Egg Roll to be canceled?

The famed event thought to be another casualty of the sequestration.

UNCONFIRMED: That the White House Easter Egg Roll will be canceled

Ticket holders for the White House Easter Egg Roll were warned via email that the annual event could be canceled, depending on a budget cut decision by lawmakers. Politico reported that some are speculating that this is more of a message to Congress. The announcement also attracted attention from CNN and The Washington Post asking if a possible government shutdown would doom the roll.

UPDATE: Egg roll still planned, according to White House.

On Tuesday, White House press secretary Jay Carney said the email went out before it appeared that Congress would avoid a government shutdown next week, The Associated Press reports.

"Because we distribute tickets to the Easter Egg Roll far in advance, we alerted all ticket holders that this event is subject to cancellation due to funding uncertainty, including the possibility of a government shutdown. However, we are currently proceeding as planned with the Easter Egg Roll," a White House official told CNN.

The Easter Egg Roll is an annual event featuring games, music and the egg roll. It's slated to take place April 1 and is celebrating its 135th anniversary this year.

See photos of past White House Easter Egg Rolls

Republicans quick to attack

According to The Washington Post, former House speaker Newt Gingrich criticized the Obama administration over the issue, tweeting: "Shameless! How else can you describe the threat to cancel white house Easter egg hunt? Maybe pathetic, demagogic?"

The White House announced earlier this month it was suspending some services including public tours as a consequence of forced spending cuts, known as the "sequester."  Some argued the administration was using the canceled tours as a political ploy to draw up negative reaction from the American public over the cuts, according to CNN.

Find: Family of slain teenager Hadiya Pendleton invited to the White House Easter Egg Roll.



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