No Furloughs for Biden’s Staff

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Wednesday, 24 Apr 2013 11:41 AM

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While air traffic controllers and other federal employees are having to accept unpaid furloughs, the folks working for Vice President Joe Biden don't seem to be worried about having to endure any hardships brought on by sequester.

By curbing staff travel, putting off equipment purchases, and leaving job openings vacant for the moment, the vice president has been able to avoid furloughing any of his staff, Politico reports.

"The office of the vice president continues to cut costs to avoid the need for furloughs. At present, we have not scheduled a furlough day," a Biden aide told Politico.

Biden was slammed in March for his lavish spending during a trip to Europe. The Vice President spent $1 million in taxpayer money for one night in Paris and London.

Related: Biden Stays at London, Paris Hotels; Two Nights, $1 Million

The aide said the size of the vice president's staff pales in comparison to other White House divisions and government agencies, so the office can slash costs more easily without lowering pay. That means Biden himself won't suffer a salary reduction, which he had promised to do if his staffers were forced to take time off without pay.

Other part of the White House operation, meanwhile, are enduring mandatory pay cuts. At the Office of Management and Budget, 480 employees are receiving furloughs of 10 days each. Even President Barack Obama's top advisers must endure a furlough day or pay cut starting May 1.

And the president himself is taking a 5 percent pay cut to put himself on par with federal workers facing reductions.



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