Eric Holder to take voluntary pay cut in solidarity with federal workers

(Evan Vucci/AP)
(Evan Vucci/AP)

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday joined a growing list of politicians and high-ranking officials giving back some of their pay in a show  of solidarity with federal workers.

The Justice Department said Holder will match the maximum amount of days worth of pay that any of the agency’s employees lose as a result of the government-wide spending cuts that took effect last month, according to a blog item on Time magazine’s Swampland blog.

The attorney general joins President Obama, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) and eight high-ranking officials from the Department of Housing and Urban Development in taking voluntary pay cuts under the recent government-wide spending cuts, which do not affect the salaries of lawmakers, the president or political appointees.

To learn more about this growing trend, see Lisa Rein’s article about voluntary pay cuts Thursday’s Washington Post.

Josh Hicks covers the federal government and anchors the Federal Eye blog. He reported for newspapers in the Detroit and Seattle suburbs before joining the Post as a contributor to Glenn Kessler’s Fact Checker blog in 2011.
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