WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Barack Obama has announced plans to give back 5% of his salary to the U.S. Treasury, as a sign of solidarity to the workers affected by the recent furloughs.
The president makes $400,000 a year, so that comes out to $20,000 that will be given back.
Secretary of State John Kerry has also announced plans to give back 5% of his government salary. $9,175 will be donated, but not to the Treasury Department.
“Rather than contribute to the Treasury, he’s going to contribute to a charity that benefits State Dept. employees,” said U.S. Department of State spokesperson Victoria Nuland.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is also jumping on the giving back bandwagon, donating $10,750, or 14 days of pay.