Holder to slash pay in shutdown

Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday he would slash his own salary if Congress is unable to avert a government shutdown.

Holder said that he would reduce his pay by an amount commensurate with the pay cuts borne by agency workers.

He did not give concrete numbers of employees who would be told to stay home or how long the furloughs might last.

If the government shuts down on Tuesday, hundreds of thousands of federal employees will not go to work.

Holder said the shutdown would take significant numbers of employees off the job and disrupt the agency's work.

“We will not do the job that the American people expect of us,” he said, adding that he was angered by the dysfunction in Congress. “I'm trying to run a Justice Department.” 

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