White House: Obama will return part of salary in solidarity with sequestered workers

Politics,Beltway Confidential,Michal Conger

President Obama will return 5 percent of his salary as a gesture of solidarity with furloughed federal workers, according to the New York Times.

“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,” an administration official told NYT.

Obama will write a monthly check, retroactive to March 1, through the end of the year, for a total of $16,667.

The president’s salary is set by law and can’t be changed during his term, but he can write a check to the Treasury.

On Tuesday Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Deputy Secretary Ashton Carter said they would be giving back 14 days’ worth of their salaries in solidarity with the nearly 800,000 civilian employees will have to take 14 days of unpaid leave. That equals about $10,750 for Hagel, according to Reuters.

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