President Obama has pledged to give back 5 percent of his pay to the Treasury as a symbol of solidarity with all those who have been affected by the sequester cuts. His announcement was followed by those of John Kerry, Chuck Hagel, Eric Holder, and Jacob Lew.
Vice President Biden, however, is bucking the trend among members of the president’s cabinet and holding on to the entirety of his salary — or, at least, he has yet to indicate his intention to do otherwise.
A spokeswoman for the vice president told the National Journal that “The vice president is committed to sharing the burden of the sequester with his staff” and that if his office does face cuts due to the sequester, he will consider returning part of his salary.
Biden earns $230,700 annually as vice president.