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Obama to give back $20,000 for sequester, keep his $4 million vacations

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President Obama will write a $20,000 check to the U.S. Treasury this year in a sign of solidarity with federal workers who face furloughs due to the sequester. But he will keep going on family vacations, including his annual trip to Hawaii which costs taxpayers $4 million per trip.

“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,” a White House aide told ABC News.

Aides said Obama will give back 5 percent of his salary which works out to $20,000 of his annual $400,000 pay.

The Hawaii Reporter has estimated that each of Obama’s Hawaiian vacations cost taxpayers at least $4 million. And during the first three months of this year, the Obama family has averaged one vacation per month.

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