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Obama will give back 5% of salary

WASHINGTON — President Obama plans to return 5 percent of his salary in solidarity with federal workers who are going to be furloughed as part of the automatic budget cuts known as sequester, an administration official said Wednesday.

The voluntary move would be retroactive to March 1, the official said, and will apply through the rest of the fiscal year, which ends in September. The White House came up with the 5 percent figure to approximate the level of spending cuts to non-defense federal agencies that took effect that day.

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