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President Barack Obama to return 5 percent of his salary

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President Barack Obama reaches to shake hands with a Member of Congress as he arrives to deliver the State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Feb. 12, 2013. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., applauds at left. (Official White House Ph President Barack Obama reaches to shake hands with a Member of Congress as he arrives to deliver the State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Feb. 12, 2013. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., applauds at left. (Official White House Ph
WASHINGTON -

The White House says President Barack Obama will return 5 percent of his salary to the Treasury in light of automatic spending cuts that have led to furloughs for thousands of federal workers.

A White House official says Obama decided to return part of his salary each month for the rest of the year to share in the sacrifice that government employees are making. The official wasn't authorized to discuss the decision publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The president makes $400,000 per year. A 5 percent pay cut amounts to a little less than 1,700 per month.

The decision is retroactive to the beginning of March. That's when $85 billion in federal spending cuts kicked in after lawmakers failed to agree on a plan to undo them.

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