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Bush Cuts Mid and Low Level Staffers’ Salaries; Top Advisors Get More

In the process of staffing the White House, President Bush has redistributed staff income, paying his top level advisors as much as $20,000 more than their Clinton administration counterparts but offering mid to low-level staffers and aides salaries that are far lower than the salaries of Clinton administration employees who held the same positions. Some staffers have been asked to take pay cuts from 25 to 33 percent. New employees are being paid less for their work than some members of Congress pay for similar jobs. Low salaries for these employees may be attributed to the fixed White House budget and Bush’s senior advisors taking home significantly larger paychecks than Clinton’s top advisors. Clinton held the salary cap at $125,000 for White House staffÑfar below the $145,100 cap in place by law. Bush has made no promises to continue to keep White House paychecks trimmed down and will only say that all White House staffers are below the $145,100 mark. “I’m sure this will have a negative impact on women and minority White House employees and Republicans wonder why they have a gender gap and Bush only had 7 percent of the African American vote,” said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation.

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Washington Post Ð February 9, 2001

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