WASHINGTON - Sharing a bit of budget pain, President Obama will return 5 percent of his salary to the Treasury in a show of solidarity with federal workers smarting from government spending cuts.
Obama's decision grew out of a desire to share in the sacrifice that government employees are making, a White House official said Wednesday. Hundreds of thousands of workers could be forced to take unpaid leave if Congress does not reach an agreement soon to undo the cuts.
As the White House warns of dire economic consequences from the $85 billion in cuts that started to hit federal programs last month, the administration has faced repeated questions about how the White House itself would be affected. The cancellation of White House tours in particular has drawn mixed reactions.