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Hagel, Obama cut their pay. Who’ll be the last Cabinet member?

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel led the way on Tuesday, volunteering to take a pay cut in solidarity with Pentagon employees who will have to take 14 pays of unpaid leave by Sept. 30 because of the sequester.

Defense Department spokesman George Little said Hagel would give back 14 days’ pay, or about $10,750 on his salary of nearly $200,000 a year. Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter is doing the same..

President Obama followed suit Wednesday, with plans to return 5 percent of his salary — or a flat $20,000 — an administration official told our colleague Scott Wilson, in solidarity with federal workers who are going to be furloughed.

With Hagel and Obama on the solidarity train, one would anticipate the rest of the cabinet will jump in tout de suite. No time to do a contest, but let’s see who’ll be the last.

Al Kamen, an award-winning columnist on the national staff of The Washington Post, created the “In the Loop” column in 1993.


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