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The Deputy Secretary Of Defense Is Doing An Incredibly Classy Thing To Stand By His Employees During The Sequester

Walter Hickey

D eputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter announced to the Senate that if his employees in the Department of Defense suffered a pay cut because of Sequestration, he'd voluntarily give the Treasury the same portion of his own salary as a demonstration of solidarity.

At his  testimony in front of the Senate Appropriations Committee  on February 14, Carter detailed what necessary employee furloughs would entail:

All the Services and Agencies are likely to have to  furlough most DoD civilian employees for an average of one day per week for up to 22 weeks.[...]  During this period, furloughs will result in a 20 percent cut in pay for civilians who support our national defense  –  which will affect their morale.

Carter — as a Senate-confirmed employee —  cannot be furloughed under the law. But the Deputy Secretary of Defense announced this immensely classy move to the Senate Appropriations Committee:

"If our employees are furloughed, I intend to give back to the Treasury the same portion of my salary, and I encourage all of us  –  Executive Branch and Legislative Branch  –  to do the same."

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