The voluntary move would be retroactive to March 1, the official said, and apply through the rest of the fiscal year, which ends in September. The White House came up with the 5 percent figure to approximate the level of spending cuts to nondefense federal agencies that took effect that day.Good, I guess? I mean, yes, decent move. Absolutely the right thing to do, given the circumstances. But I kind of wish the sequester would just get fucking fixed instead, you know?
"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," the official said.
Word of the president's decision came a day after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter disclosed that they would return a share of their salaries commensurate with the pay lost by the department's civilian employees who are expected to be furloughed for 14 days before the end of the fiscal year.
Posted by Melissa McEwan at Wednesday, April 03, 2013
5%: The percentage of his salary President Obama plans to return "to the Treasury in solidarity with federal workers who are going to be furloughed as part of the automatic budget cuts known as the sequester."