Business & Money

February 28, 2013

Norton to donate pay during sequester to help federal workers


By , of the Washington Post,  Thursday, February 28, 2:01 PM

Barring a miracle, it appears Congress will be unable to avert sharp budget cuts set to hit Friday. But Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) will at least try to soften the blow a bit, using her own paycheck.

The Constitution says lawmakers can’t cut their own pay mid-Congress, so a salary cut couldn’t legally take effect until after the next election. Members are free, however, to return or donate some of their pay, and that’s what Norton plans to do.

For each day that many federal workers are furloughed during the sequester, Norton plans to donate a day’s worth of her pay. Half the money will go to the Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund, which provides emergency loans as well as child-care subsidies and other financial help for federal workers. Norton will donate the other half of the money to her own congressional office budget to compensate for sequester cuts and prevent or reduce furloughs of her staff.

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