Several lawmakers have joined President Obama in taking a pay cut to acknowledge the impact of the sequester. Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) won't be joining them.
“I think that’s kind of childish because it doesn't really accomplish anything,” Inhofe told The Hill. “Apparently they weighed public opinion and they think it’s a plus, so they’re doing it. I probably will not follow their lead.”
Obama announced last week that he would return 5 percent of his salary to the Treasury Department in a show of solidarity with federal workers facing furloughs due to the automatic spending cuts. He was joined by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) and a few others. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has announced plans to donate 20 percent of his salary to charity.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was the first lawmaker to speak out against pay cuts. “I don’t think we should do it; I think we should respect the work we do,” she said. “I think it’s necessary for us to have the dignity of the job that we have rewarded."