Attorney General Eric Holder said today he would join President Barack Obama in taking a pay cut this year if Justice Department employees are forced to take furlough days as a result of the sequestration.
During an appearance this morning on the Tom Joyner Morning Show, Holder said he was still working to avoid furloughing any department employees. He said previously that he does not plan to make a decision until later in the month.
Should it come to pass, the Department of Justice said the attorney general would take a pay cut equivalent to the maximum amount any Justice Department employee would have to take as a result of the sequestration, which is up to 14 days this fiscal year.
As a Cabinet secretary, Holder makes $199,700 per year, meaning if he took 14 furlough days he would then return $10,750 to the Department of Treasury.
Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel also said they would return the same percentage of their salaries.
This has been a busy day for Holder who met with European Commission Vice President Viviane Reding this afternoon in Washington and will speak at the 15th Annual National Action Network Convention tonight in New York.
Holder’s speech, which take place on the 45th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s death, will deliver remarks on the department’s work to improve and reform the criminal justice system and protect young people from gun violence.