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Obama to give back part of salary to show unity with furloughed workers

WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Barack Obama will put 5% of his paycheck back into the federal government’s coffers in a show of unity with furloughed federal workers, a senior administration official said Wednesday.

Obama, whose $400,000 annual salary is set in law and can’t officially be changed, will write a check made out to the U.S. Treasury every month beginning in April. Since the mandatory across-the-board spending cuts went into effect March 1, his payment for last month will be paid retroactively.

“The president has decided that to share in the sacrifice being made by public servants across the federal government that are affected by the sequester, he will contribute a portion of his salary back to the Treasury,” the official said.

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On Tuesday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced he was giving up the portion of his salary that would have been cut if he had been subject to the same work furlough as thousands of department personnel under the mandatory federal budget cuts. Hagel, who earns $199,700 annually, will write a check to the Treasury for up to 14 days of salary, according to Pentagon press secretary George Little.

As a Cabinet official confirmed by the Senate, Hagel is not subject to the furlough. But Little said Hagel decided to give the equivalent of his furloughed pay to show his support for his workforce. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter had already announced he was doing the same thing in the weeks before Hagel was confirmed.

On Monday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney announced that nearly 500 furlough notices have gone out to administration employees in reaction to the forced government spending cuts known as sequestration.

“The White House is one of eleven components of the Executive Office of the President which is indeed, as we have said, subject to the sequester,” Carney said. “Within the Executive Office of the President, several offices have sent furlough notices to their staff, including to 480 employees of the Office of Management and Budget.”


9 Comments to “Obama to give back part of salary to show unity with furloughed workers”

    guest said:
    April 3, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    I thought this sequestration was supposed to stop lawmakers salaries until they worked things out. That's what should happen to motivate them to quit screwing around and get things done!

    guest said:
    April 3, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    That's quite a sacrifice for someone whose needs and living expenses are all met. How much pocket money would you need?

    Matt said:
    April 3, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    Law makers salaries are still getting paid as they are paid off a different budget. And thank God that King Obama gave 5% back! We are loosing 20% and he shows soliderity with us with a piss pot amount. He should just keep it.

    guest said:
    April 3, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    publicity stunt, are the american people that stupid? I guess so, they voted for him(twice)

      Block Watcher said:
      April 3, 2013 at 8:51 PM

      Ya, and voted for Bush/Cheney twice.

    Matt said:
    April 4, 2013 at 4:46 AM

    Yeah u would vote for bush again willingly.

    Araceli said:
    April 15, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    clientele about their licensed rights and duties, and also to represent

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