MrsImperfect
SELF-IMPOSED SEQUESTRATION: OBAMA CABINET FOLLOWS SUIT ON PAY CUTS
April 6, 2013 at 3:07 AM
More members of President Obama’s cabinet are following his lead and taking a 5% pay cut to help share in the sacrifice felt by federal workers facing furlough over the sequester.Attorney General Eric Holder, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew all said they will give back a portion of their salaries.“The attorney general intends to take a pay cut equivalent 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,” the Justice Department told Timemagazine.Napolitano and Lew opted to take the route John Kerry has taken, donating part of their salaries to charities that help their employees and furloughed staff. Napolitano plans to donate 5% of her salary to foundations that benefit Homeland Security staff, while Lew plans to contribute a portion of his salary to nonprofit organizations that are supporting people and programs impacted by the spending cuts.A handful of members of Congress said they will make similar gestures. Maryland Democrat Donna Edwards issued a statement saying that “Effective March 1, 2013, in addition to cutting office expenses, all of our staff have taken a 2% across-the-board pay cut to avoid any individual serving the Fourth District from being furloughed in order to meet the 8.2% arbitrary, across-the-board cuts called for by the sequester.” She indicated she would donate an equivalent portion of her salary split between domestic violence charities serving her district.Illinois Democratic Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth told constituents this week that she would return 8.4% of her monthly pay, choosing that amount because on average most discretionary programs are facing a comparable cut.Washington, D.C.’s Eleanor Holmes Norton said last month that she would not collect her paycheck for each day federal employees are furloughed.“If you’re a member of Congress, surely the notion of lead by example should not just be a slogan,” the Democratic Delegate said according to the New York Times, and also indicated she wouldn’t “be able to look her colleagues and constituents in the eye” if she didn’t take the cut.Over in the Senate, South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham supported an amendment to the recently-passed Senate budget which called on lawmakers to donate 20% of their pay either to charity or the Treasury, which was passed by voice vote. Only five senators had plans to do give up any of their take-home pay, two Republicans (Graham and Mike Lee of Utah) and three Democrats (Mark Begich of Alaska, Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia), according to a survey conducted by Washington publication The Hill.None of House or Senate leadership in either parties has indicated a willingness to make similar pay cuts.Many of the rest of Obama’s cabinet members have yet to say whether they’ll join their cabinet colleagues in taking a pay cut, although Kathleen Sebelius says she’ll forgo a self-imposed pay cut because the Health and Human Service Department is not currently expecting furloughs.

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  • punky3175
    April 6, 2013 at 8:19 AM
    These are nice gestures. A better gesture would be doing their damn jobs and coming up with a workable budget that has tax inreases (fixing the tax code so corporations actually have to pay) as well as spending cuts.
  • tambrathegreat
    April 6, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    An even BETTER thing to do would be to have the do-nothing Tea baggers give up their entire pay. They aren't doing their jobs and have made it clear there is no working with them.  They are still pouting over their loss of the presidential election. 

    I've said it before, and I'll say it again, the Tea Baggers in Republican clothes are traitors.

    Quoting punky3175:

    These are nice gestures. A better gesture would be doing their damn jobs and coming up with a workable budget that has tax inreases (fixing the tax code so corporations actually have to pay) as well as spending cuts.


  • brookiecookie87
    April 6, 2013 at 8:39 AM



    Quoting punky3175:

    These are nice gestures. A better gesture would be doing their damn jobs and coming up with a workable budget that has tax inreases (fixing the tax code so corporations actually have to pay) as well as spending cuts.

    I agree. I keep hearing how members of Congress plan to do this. Nice gesture. But a better one would be them going to work to get a budget together.

    But considering they have tried that and the Grand Old Party refused to let tax cuts expire for the top 2% at expense of the bottom 98% I am not sure what they could do to change that.

    I know what we the people could do. We could put pressure on all of our representatives.

    http://www.contactingthecongress.org/

    I would recommend calling and writing them.