Of course Obama is not the only one giving up pay. Do notice though that not one puke congressman is on the list. The very people who caused the other government workers to lose pay.
On Tuesday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said he would cut his $199,700 annual pay voluntarily as a gesture to the Pentagon employees who will be furloughed in the coming months because of automatic budget cuts that kicked in March 1.
Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) announced Wednesday that he was returning a portion of his salary. More than half of Begich’s staff will lose pay this year because of furloughs related to the sequester, his office announced.
And as many as nine senior officials at the Department of Housing and Urban Development have decided to give up a portion of their salaries, too, according to a union leader who said he was told of the plan by HUD officials.
Pentagon spokesman George Little said the new Pentagon chief has agreed to “subject his pay to furlough levels, even though he’s not required to.”
Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced in February, before the sequester kicked in, that he would also return a portion of his salary to the federal government as a gesture of solidarity.
In Congress, Begich follows Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), who announced recently that she would donate a day’s pay for each day federal employees are furloughed.