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April 8, 2013 at 10:59 AM

U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene makes right move to give back 8 percent of her paycheck

Praise goes to U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., for making a bold statement Monday that others in Washington’s delegation might echo in the coming days.

The freshman lawmaker has pledged to return 8.2 percent of her monthly paycheck to the Treasury. It’s an act of solidarity as the federal government implements across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration.

U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene met with information technology representatives Feb. 2, 2013 about immigration reform. (GREG GILBERT/THE SEATTLE TIMES)

U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene met with information technology representatives Feb. 2, 2013 about immigration reform. (GREG GILBERT/THE SEATTLE TIMES)

Here’s her statement on the decision:

As hundreds of thousands of federal workers face unpaid furloughs and funding for programs that working families depend on such as Head Start and Meals On Wheels are getting cut, the across-the-board cuts from sequestration are starting to impact people throughout the country. It’s only fair that elected leaders are affected as well. While I believe across-the-board cuts are the wrong approach to address our nation’s fiscal issues, as long as the sequester is in effect, I decided that taking a cut myself is the appropriate thing to do.

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February 27, 2013 at 6:31 AM

Is sequestration right-sizing Defense spending?

Sequestration is, we can agree, the chainsaw approach to budget cutting. But what if also finally right-sizes the bloated Defense budget? The Washington Post’s Ezra Klein argues stakes out a liberal defense of the sequester’s Defense cuts, noting the $500 billion cut amounts to the so-called “peace dividend” that shrunk military spending after each military conflict…

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