Maryland Rep. Donna Edwards Takes Steps to Avoid Staff Furloughs


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.

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Maryland Rep. Donna Edwards Takes Steps to Avoid Staff Furloughs

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