WASHINGTON (AP) — Maryland Rep. Donna Edwards says her staff has taken a 2 percent pay cut to avoid anyone being furloughed as a result of government-wide spending cuts, and she'll donate an equivalent part of her salary to charity.
The Washington Post reports (http://wapo.st/YAxw0n) the Democrat made the announcement Thursday. She says her donations will go to domestic violence charities that serve Prince George's and Anne Arundel counties.
Edwards made her announcement a day after President Barack Obama said he would return 5 percent of his salary in a show of solidarity with federal workers affected by the cuts, which are called a sequester.
Hundreds of thousands of workers could be forced to take unpaid leave — called furloughs — if Congress does not reach an agreement soon to undo the cuts.