Hagel to give up furlough pay
April 2nd, 2013
02:27 PM ET

Hagel to give up furlough pay

By Barbara Starr

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will give up the portion of his salary that would have been cut if he had been subject to the same work furlough as thousands of department personnel under the mandatory federal budget cuts.  Hagel, who earns $199,700 annually, will write a check to the Treasury for up to 14 days of salary, according to Pentagon press secretary George Little.

As a Cabinet official confirmed by the Senate, Hagel is not subject to the furlough. But Little said Hagel decided to give the equivalent of his furloughed pay to show his support for his workforce. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter had already announced he was doing the same thing in the weeks before Hagel was confirmed.


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  7. MsCharley

    Gesture is all it is. Do you think they have actually set something in place to give the money back to the govt? Is he going to write a check to his favorite charity and write off of his taxes? Please, this means nothing.

    May 12, 2013 at 7:43 am | Reply
  8. Fred

    And I am certian that the child care worker here in the Army child and youth services who makes a it more than minimum wage will be glad to hear that the Honorable Hagel will make such a hard sacrifice. It would not effect his standard of living one bit. The child care worker whose husband is likely deployed will painfully feel the 14 days of missed pay.

    April 3, 2013 at 6:51 am | Reply
    • AFPilot

      True, but this gives me hope that at least some people on Capitol Hill aren't total dirtbags (cough cough Congress)
      This gesture gives me a new respect for Sec. Hagel.

      April 3, 2013 at 2:26 pm | Reply
  9. john smith

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
    In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

    April 3, 2013 at 2:10 am | Reply
    • Fred

      Okay "john smith" and your rant has what to do with a furlough? Go back to playing with farm animals.

      April 3, 2013 at 6:47 am | Reply
  10. massoud

    Gayeko (aka) Geronimo " I was warmed by the sun and rocked by the winds, I was peaceful until I was attacked". The bravest man to ever walk in North America,. 5,000 US Calvary soldiers tracked him his renegades and could not catch him it was as if he was a ghost with supernatural powers, yes Geronimo the legendary Apache (Chirachaua) band Chief.

    April 3, 2013 at 2:06 am | Reply
    • massoud

      *Goyaale not gayeko my bad

      April 3, 2013 at 2:15 am | Reply
  11. lottie

    congress should give up their whole salary they never work anyway.

    April 2, 2013 at 6:49 pm | Reply
    • StanCalif

      Agree! Congress should be disbanded and totally re-elected without Super Pac money, NRA money and Jewish money! This is what is called "democracy", but we don't practice it!

      April 3, 2013 at 8:16 am | Reply
  12. Geecheedan

    Good for Secretary Hagel. Let's see how many members of Congress make the same gesture.

    April 2, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Reply
    • Pandamonius

      Agreed! All of congress should work without pay or benefits until things get back on track.

      April 2, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Reply
    • ron

      too bad Congress doesn't follow suit - especially those responsible for this episode in insanity of the U.S. Government

      April 2, 2013 at 6:15 pm | Reply

    Where is the rest of the greedy demo rats who took all the pork at the start and have kept taking since – they are hiding like the rats they are

    April 2, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Reply

    Finally a real leader emerges UFB it took this long for newest person in office to step – the rest of the Administration should be embarrassed – OBUMMER chastised the auto industry but Iacca took a 1$ salary when times were tough. I don't see the black pot taking any cut as he hammer s the kettles no he and his wife spend to no end

    April 2, 2013 at 4:37 pm | Reply
    • Sense

      not very informed are you?

      April 3, 2013 at 12:23 am | Reply
  15. Uncle Mike

    Nice jesture.

    April 2, 2013 at 3:31 pm | Reply
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