In solidarity with the many federal workers who are losing pay because of the sequester (which doesn’t affect elected officials), the White House announced today that President Obama will be taking a voluntary 5 percent pay cut. The real news is that most members of Congress — the people (many of them millionaires) directly responsible for the sequester — aren’t doing this, too.
US President Barack Obama speaks to the media about sequestration in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, DC, March 1, 2013 following a meeting with US Speaker of the House John Boehner and Congressional leaders. Obama summoned congressional leaders Friday in a bid to avert a damaging $85 billion in arbitrary budget cuts. Obama was bound by law to initiate the automatic, indiscriminate cuts, which could wound the already fragile economy, cost a million jobs and harm military readiness, in the absence of an deficit cutting agreement. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images