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Self-imposed sequestration: Obama cabinet follows suit on pay cuts
Morgan Whitaker, @morganwinn
1:45 PM on 04/05/2013
More members of President Obama’s cabinet are following his lead and taking a 5% pay cut to help share in the sacrifice felt by federal workers facing furlough over the sequester.
Attorney General Eric Holder, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew all said they will give back a portion of their salaries.
“The attorney general intends to take a pay cut equivalent to the maximum amount any Justice Department employee has to take as a result of the sequestration, which is up to 14 days this fiscal year, so that those funds can go back into the Treasury,” the Justice Department told Time magazine.
Napolitano and Lew opted to take the route John Kerry has taken, donating part of their salaries to charities that help their employees and furloughed staff. Napolitano plans to donate 5% of her salary to foundations that benefit Homeland Security staff, while Lew plans to contribute a portion of his salary to nonprofit organizations that are supporting people and programs impacted by the spending cuts.
A handful of members of Congress said they will make similar gestures. Maryland Democrat Donna Edwards issued a statement saying that “Effective March 1, 2013, in addition to cutting office expenses, all of our staff have taken a 2% across-the-board pay cut to avoid any individual serving the Fourth District from being furloughed in order to meet the 8.2% arbitrary, across-the-board cuts called for by the sequester.” She indicated she would donate an equivalent portion of her salary split between domestic violence charities serving her district.
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