The White House is warning it could cancel its annual Easter Egg Roll, which is set for April 1.
The White House has alerted ticket holders that the nation's financial problems could affect the event. It says if the Egg Roll is canceled, it will not be rescheduled.
House and Senate members received the memo last week. The threat to cancel the Egg Roll is coming under intense criticism by Republicans.
White House spokesman Jay Carney says ticket holders were warned only because of the possibility the government could shut down days before the event.
"This has become an issue, because the White House tours were cancelled," he says.
POLITICO White House editor Edward-Isaac Dovere says this sparked questions over why the White House would cancel the tours, but not the Easter egg roll.
The White House says it's a separate deal.
Cancellation of tours had to do with sequestration and Secret Service.
But it looks like Congress is hashing out the funding deal needed to keep the government running, which would in turn save the 135th annual White House Easter Egg Roll. Some 35,000 people are expected.
Lynn Sherman and her husband, both from New Jersey, came down to show the sites to their Ethiopian exchange student.
Sherman thinks it's crazy to even think about canceling the event.
"They should just continue with the egg roll and not make such a big deal about it," she says.