13 politicians giving up part of their paychecks in solidarity with the sequester

As Democrats continue to cry foul about the impact that sequestration is having on the American people, several high-ranking Democrats (and Congressional Republicans) have announced that they will forefit part of their salary this year “in solidarity” with the government employees who will face furloughs or pay cuts this year.

In the meantime, a full 40 percent of Americans believe that the sequestration has not had any impact on the American economy and federal employees are seeing the number of days they will be furloughed either lowered or completely eliminated.

Red Alert Politics has put together a running list of those politicians who have already announced they will return part of their salary. Who knows how many more will make that pledge before all is said and done?!?

 

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

The Commander-in-Chief agreed to forfeit five percent – or just under $17,000 – of his annual salary for the 10 months that sequestration is in effect this year. In a statement, a White House official said that “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 give part his salary  back to the Treasury.” The president’s salary, however, cannot actually be altered on the fly – it is set by federal law.

Chuck Hagel

Chuck Hagel

Newly-minted Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel plans to return 14 days worth of his $200,000 salary to the Defense department in solidarity with the workers in his Department that are facing a 14-day furlough starting in June. It should be noted that the Department originally planned on furloughing employees for as many as 22 days this year, however.

Eric Holder

 Eric-Holder

Attorney General Eric Holder will be taking a voluntary $10,750 pay cut this year, which is the equivalent of 14 furlough days. In a statement to TIME magazine, the Justice Department said that “The Attorney General intends to take a pay cut equal 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.” Holder, like Hagel, also earns $200,000 annually.

John Kerry

John Kerry

Giving up money – let alone a meager five percent of his salary – shouldn’t be a problem for someone supposedly worth$200 million, yet newly-minted Secretary of State John Kerry is doing just that. Victoria Nuland, a spokeswoman for the State Department, said Thursday that Kerry will donate 5 percent of his $183,500 salary, or $9,175, to a charity for department employees.

Jack Lew

Jack Lew

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew also announced Thursday that he will take a pay cut this year due to the sequestration. According to the Associated Press, Lew will give part of his salary to non-profits that support people and programs affected by the sequestration; the Treasury has not released details on the amount of the cut or the non-profits benefitting from Lew’s donation as of yet.

Janet Napolitano

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A spokesperson for Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano told POLITICO Thursday that she will donate five percent of her salary to foundations that benefit department staff.

Congress

A number of House and Senate members on both sides of the aisle have announced that they will give up part of their 2013 salary in solidarity with the federal government employees being furloughed this year. While Congressional offices have seen their budgets slashed by 8.2 percent since March 1, the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Balanced Budget Act of 1985 exempts members of Congress from having their salaries cut by sequestration.

Among those who have voluntarily agreed to give up part of their pay this year in “solidarity” with their employees are:

Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska)

Mark Begich

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)

Lindsey Graham

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah)

Mike Lee

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.)

Claire Mccaskill

Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.)

Jay Rockefeller

Rep. Eleanor Holmes-Norton (D-D.C.)

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Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Fla.)

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Comments

Comments

  1. sda53 says:

    What a joke! A big five percent big deal. They should only get five percent for they are the ones who put us in this mess. This is all for publicity for they are getting the message the American people are fed up with the lies and cover ups. We know obama is not qualified to be president. He is an Indonesian citizen who has gone by an alias and his actions show him to be a criminal. His school records can only be the worth our money to keep them sealed for there is something to hide. Like he applied as a foreign student and we have no clue as to what name he used. His use of social security numbers from states he has never lived in and it just goes on and on. Proclaiming to be a Christian when none of his selfish actions are the nature of a Christian. It is well documented that he attended muslim school which required a lifetime vow to allah. His agenda he is trying to push by removing our guns, which will not happen, russian and jihad soldiers training on our soil and stockpiling ammo to use against who???? I am nobody and know all this so just imagine how much more other know. We are not as dumb as obama thinks we are and we are paying attention and watching his every move. Congress can’t impeach for he is not legal president.. They will not investigate for the part they played in allowing him to fraudulently be placed into office. Hope they made enough to pay good lawyers for when they are arrested along with obama. If they had an integrity they would correct their wrong and restore some faith in the American people. Our government is not working for us. We need to cut all money off to Washington and let our States handle finances until we rid ourselves of the worthless vermin attached to our country.

    1. Noyfb says:

      Psycho nut job, stop watching fox news, and see a psychiatrist and psychological help.

      1. sda53 says:

        Am I jeopardizing you obama check? I don’t watch any news. It is called research before he got into office and they started changing his background information to suit his purpose of deceiving people.
        Have you paid any attention at what is going on? Or are you selling you food card for drugs? I care about the country I leave for future generations it is not all about me. Get out of your fog and be an American.

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