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.
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.