In April of 2013, Obama promised to take a 5 percent pay cut in “solidarity” with federal employees who were furloughed as a result of the budget cuts, known as the sequester.
The promise was meant to be a visible way to show the American people – that he was “walking the walk” – not just “talking the talk.”
Um – but this is Barack Obama we’re talking about – aka “Captain Bullshit” sooooo of course he was just “talking the talk.”
The White House has refused to confirm whether the Obama followed up on his pledge when asked by the Washington Free Beacon. (That usually means, no.)
The White House is refusing to confirm whether President Barack Obama followed up on his pledge to take a five percent pay cut due to sequestration last year.
Obama promised last April to take a 5 percent pay cut in “solidarity” with federal employees who were furloughed as a result of the automatic budget cuts, known as the sequester. The cut was meant to equate to the level of spending cuts imposed on nondefense federal agencies.
“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 official said at the time.
According to his tax returns, Obama is still receiving the presidential salary of $400,000 per year. Last year, he earned $394,796 in wages from the Defense Financing and Accounting Service (DFAS-CIVPAY), which handles the salaries for civilian members of the Defense Department.
The one promise Obama kept, was to himself: “If I like my $400,000 salary, I will keep my $400,000 salary.
By the way, the entire cut would have amounted to a measley $20,000. They could save taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars by taking fewer vacations – but obviously that was never in the offing.
Other Democrats who should be checked up on to see if they kept their pay cut pledges, include Chuck Hagel, Mark Begich, and Claire McCaskill.
Hagel and Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter have announced plans to give up part of their pay because about 700,000 civilian workers face mandatory furloughs this summer.
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and Deputy Secretary Maurice Jones will also forgo some of his salary, their office said.
A few members of Congress also have announced self-imposed pay cuts. Lawmakers’ salaries are exempted from the sequester, so any reductions in pay are voluntary.
Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, who is up for re-election in 2014, said Wednesday that he will return a portion of his $174,000 salary to the Treasury. “We need to be making responsible cuts wherever we can, and there is no reason that members of Congress shouldn’t feel the pinch like everyone else,” he said in a statement.
More than half of the senator’s staff will take a pay cut this year, he said, and his office began furloughs in March.
Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., also said she will give up a portion of her salary.
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