Holder, Kerry to Take Pay Cut

The Attorney General will return $10,750 in salary, and the Secretary of State will donate $9,175 to a charity for his department's employees.

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Attorney General Eric Holder talks to reporters after meeting with House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa in the U.S. Captiol June 19, 2012 in Washington, DC.

Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of State John Kerry will join Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and President Barack Obama in taking a pay cut this year as a result of sequestration.

“The Attorney General intends to take a pay cut equivalent to the maximum amount any Justice Department employee has to take as a result of the sequestration, which is up to 14 days this fiscal year, so that those funds can go back into the Treasury,” a Justice Department official told TIME, noting Holder wishes to minimize the impact of sequestration on the department’s employees. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland announced that Kerry would give 5 percent of his salary to a charity for State employees.

On Wednesday, the White House confirmed that Obama will return $20,000 to the Treasury over the rest of the year — or 5 percent of his salary. Hagel pledged to take a pay cut equivalent to 14 furlough days. Both Hagel and Holder earn $199,700 annually and their maximum pay cut would amount to $10,750. Kerry makes $183,500 this year, according to the AP, and his donation is worth $9,175.

Update: This post has been updated to include Kerry’s announcement.

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@GenRachel If based on effectiveness, both should pay us for damage they are causing.