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But with no clear path to halting the sequesters, Mr. Obama decided to cut his own pay as a show of solidarity.

The 5-percent cut is the same percentage that non-defense federal agencies were trimmed when the sequester began March 1. Mr. Obama will make his own cut retroactive to March 1.

The White House has said it will furlough nearly 500 employees in the Office of Management and Budget, but it has not outlined any budget cutbacks in the West Wing among the president’s top staff.

Mr. Obama’s total income in 2011 was $789,674, according to his tax returns. It included his investments and book sales.