Some FBI agents and federal prosecutors face furloughs under the partial U.S. government shutdown that started today, and Attorney General Eric Holder said he would take a voluntary pay cut because of political “dysfunction,” the Washington Times reports. Holder said Justice Department officials were still evaluating how many furlough notices to send out. Much of the Justice Department has been declared exempt from the shutdown.
Mentioning the pay cut, Holder said, “as I've made clear to the people in this department, we are all in this together, and whatever pain they suffer, I will share with them.” He added, “This has real-world consequences for the employees of this department, who have to pay mortgages, who have to pay car notes, who have to buy groceries. And I think that is something that people, as they're trying to make their political points … need to keep in mind, that there are good, hardworking Americans who are going to suffer because of this dysfunction.”