Rep. Tulsi Gabbard to return 5% of salary because of sequester

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has announced that she will return five percent of her Congressional salary while the across-the-board budget cuts required by sequestration remain in place.

Five percent of her salary is approximately the amount of pay that many Federal workers will lose due to mandatory furloughs. By law, Congressional salaries were not impacted by the sequester cuts and cannot be changed until the 114th Congress.

"I cannot in good conscience stand by while our seniors, children, middle-class families, and military bear the brunt of these arbitrary cuts; we must share in the sacrifice. I will continue to return five percent of my pay until the sequestration cuts are repealed and we find common ground for a smart, balanced solution to reduce our deficit," said Rep. Gabbard

President Obama earlier this week also announced plans to return 5% of his salary because of sequestration.

The president's base salary is $400,000 a year; 5% adds up to $20,000.

The current salary (2013) for rank-and-file members of the House and Senate is $174,000 per year.

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