Biden: No Plans to Return Part of Salary
VP drawing attention for not joining DC's give-back parade
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 5, 2013 5:51 PM CDT
President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden arrive for an Easter Prayer Breakfast in the East Room of the White House on April 5.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(Newser) – Sequester politics have taken a weird turn. Joe Biden is now the subject of a spate of negative-sounding headlines because he isn't returning part of his salary in solidarity with federal workers about to be furloughed. (See this headline at CBS News or this one at Reuters.) President Obama has said he will do so—though critics are calling him a cheapskate—as have others, including Chuck Hagel, John Kerry, Janet Napolitano, and Jack Lew. Biden, though, is conspicuously absent.

The VP's office says he might change his mind if members of his own staff lose pay, reports Politico. "The vice president is committed to sharing the burden of the sequester with his staff," says the statement. Why the reluctance, especially for a potential 2016 candidate? One possible reason is that Biden is a man of relatively modest means, with a net worth figured to be under $1 million, notes the National Journal. “It is a more difficult calculus for members who are not as wealthy,” says a senior Democratic Senate aide.

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Apr 8, 2013 2:38 PM CDT
he may not be the brightest man in DC, but at least he is`nt a patronizing weasel like his boss !
Apr 8, 2013 8:15 AM CDT
When asked Joe replied "Sequester" what's that?
Apr 7, 2013 8:22 PM CDT
If would have been a better gesture if both the President and the Vice President don't go on vacations until they fix the budget problems. Schilling around the globe and spending taxpayer's money is more wasteful than closing the White House tours.