This afternoon, Senate Democrats voted down a Republican-led effort to reopen the White House to public tours.
There is some good news, however:
Senators nibbled away what they considered the worst parts of the
sequester by restoring the military’s tuition assistance programs and
adding back the money for food inspectors at slaughterhouses. Without
that money, inspectors were going to have to be furloughed, which would
have cut 5 billions of pounds of beef, pork and poultry production out
of the U.S. economy this year.