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Hagel urges Congress to restore predictability to defense funding

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Posted: Friday, October 18, 2013 4:30 am

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department on Thursday welcomed back thousands of civilians furloughed during the government shutdown as senior officials acknowledged they are now planning for a degree of fiscal retrenchment the Pentagon has long sought to avoid.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called on Congress to restore predictability to defense funding cycles. He said the use of stopgap appropriations bills to keep the federal government funded is imperiling America’s security.

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