Obama will give up portion of his salary
April 3rd, 2013
03:14 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama will give up portion of his salary

(CNN) - President Barack Obama will put 5% of his paycheck back into the federal government's coffers in a show of unity with furloughed federal workers, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday.

Obama, whose $400,000 annual salary is set in law and can't officially be changed, will write a check made out to the U.S. treasury every month beginning in April. Since the mandatory across-the-board spending cuts went into effect March 1, his payment for last month will be paid retroactively.

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"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," Carney said in a statement. "He instructed his staff he wanted to do this when the sequester took effect."

On Tuesday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced he was giving up the portion of his salary that would have been cut if he had been subject to the same work furlough as thousands of department personnel under the mandatory federal budget cuts. Hagel, who earns $199,700 annually, will write a check to the Treasury for up to 14 days of salary, according to Pentagon press secretary George Little.

As a Cabinet official confirmed by the Senate, Hagel is not subject to the furlough. But Little said Hagel decided to give the equivalent of his furloughed pay to show his support for his workforce. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter had already announced he was doing the same thing in the weeks before Hagel was confirmed.

On Monday, Carney announced that nearly 500 furlough notices have gone out to administration employees in reaction to the forced government spending cuts known as sequestration.

"The White House is one of eleven components of the Executive Office of the President which is indeed, as we have said, subject to the sequester," Carney said. "Within the Executive Office of the President, several offices have sent furlough notices to their staff, including to 480 employees of the Office of Management and Budget."

According to estimates released when the budget cuts went into effect on March 1, OMB must cut $7 million from the $89 million remaining in its annual budget. Other departments within the EOP have thus far been successful in reducing spending in ways that have avoided the need for furloughs, Carney said, but "additional furloughs as well as pay cuts remain possibilities for additional White House employees."

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soundoff (433 Responses)
  1. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Thank you Mr. President. America is grateful for your service to this country.

    April 3, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |

    how rich this is... all the while running up the tab on my kids.

    April 3, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  3. Jaybird

    Why should Trump write a check he actually earned his money.

    April 3, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  4. Mon

    At least I support the symbolic show of solidarity. It's more than any other congressional official can say.

    April 3, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  5. EDS Home

    I willing to bet Trump gave a lot more to the federal coffers that you Dutch/Bad Newz, With you I know we found 1 of the 47%

    April 3, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  6. Ravi Chandran

    This guy should have been an actor!

    April 3, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  7. Miriam

    How about those CEOs that taxpayers of lower income bailed out their companies? They should also cut a check of 10% since they certainly make more than the President of the United States. Come on CEOs reach into your checkbooks and do the right things. You don't need 40million dollars a year to live!

    April 3, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  8. walter

    Maybe he should put some of it towards all this nonsense with North Korea. For a party that is anti-military, Obo seems to have his pants in a bunch over this. Now he's sending planes to Guam?

    April 3, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  9. nuntukamen

    I've been waiting for just one Congressman or Senator, millionaires all of them, and greedy little grubby take the money sobs, to even offer something like this - or even to give the entire salary back, since they have run the ship aground. Not one. Disgusting.

    April 3, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  10. Murph in Florida

    What a joke.....it costs the taxpayers millions of dollars for him to fly in and give a three minute speech meant to bail out some democrat. Which he does a few times a week...and now he wants to save the taxpayers money. What a fool...and his supporters are behind him...as they get the shaft each and every day!

    April 3, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  11. Debbie

    WOW that's amazing since he hasn't ligitimately earned a paycheck the entire time he's been in office and really what is $20K going to do to help the sequester? I mean they target folks like the border patrols, airline security but yet Biden can close a hotel in Paris for a night to the tune of $595K, what a bunch of robotic morons they think the American people are. Get real Mr. president, $20K is bubble gum money to you how about giving up 50% of your pay, you'd still be able to live because your bills are being paid by people like me, so the $400K a year you earn is banked!!!!

    April 3, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  12. dick Delson

    You can bet George Bush would not have done this.

    April 3, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    Hope the rest of congress will follow.

    April 3, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  14. Colleen Turnage

    Depends on your perspective whether or not Obama's giving up $20,000 of his yearly salary is peanuts or not. I applaud him, Hagel, and others in positions of power for leading by example. Bravo!

    April 3, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  15. Its all a show

    agreed hornethebut. Not only is 5% of 400K a joke in the grand scheme of furloughed workers, but the 400K per year salary is basically a bonus as most of the perks of being POTUS is gained from basically being taken care of. I read somewhere that it is estimated over the course of the year the president will receive 1.5 MM in benefits ie meals etc. So Bravo obama, way to give a joking amount of your salary and worth to LOOK like you care. But hey the Obama supporters eat it up so BRAVO indeed.

    April 3, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  16. MarkC

    "Dutch/Bad Newz, VA
    I'm still waiting for Trump to cut his check to the Treasury. Here's the address Donald: 1500 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20220"

    Why should he? He doesn't work for the government and isn't living off of taxpayer's dollars. He earned his money the American way not by being lazy and expecting the government to support him. I think the Government at all levels is over staffed if business ran the way the government does they would all be out of business.

    April 3, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  17. mark

    omg no way, not 1700, per month. wowwwwwwwwww lol

    April 3, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  18. Mike

    how can a salary be set into law? 5%, that's nothing for someone that makes millions already

    April 3, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  19. DragonWarrior

    5%, just great. We are taking a 20% pay cut due to his lazy work ethic. Thanks for the meaninglessJESTER

    April 3, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  20. Leigh

    True, it is only symbolic, but I'm glad Obama and the others are at least making it. Any Republicans doing this so far? That's a serious question, by the way, not snide. I'm really curious.

    April 3, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  21. ron arizona

    If O Bama found a cure for cancer the BAGGER'S and GOP would accuse him of putting doctor's out of business. EVERYONE knows the real reason they HATE him and won't be content with ANYTHING he does.The majority of AMERICA spoke loud and clear on election day as they will CLEARLY speak in 2014.HEAR me G O P.BANK ON IT.LOOK for a retirement home MITCH.

    April 3, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  22. LCSWquilter

    Let's see if the U. S. Congress will follow suit. Maybe it would encourage them to compromise for a solution to the sequester.

    April 3, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  23. Whatwhat

    utch/Bad Newz, VA,
    Why should Trump send a check to the Treasury? If send a check to anyone, it should be charity orgs.

    April 3, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  24. Karpousi

    I am sure this has nothing to do with avoiding the new 400k and above tax rate of 39.6%. By lowering is taxable salary to the 35% rate, his take home pay actually increases by $5,400.

    April 3, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  25. Tampa Tim

    Laugh of the day, "Maybe the overpaid republicans in congress will follow suit."

    April 3, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
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