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In Surprise Announcement, Hagel Recalls Most Defense Department Workers

 Mr. Hagel said “most DoD civilians” would be exempted from the furloughs and would return to work next week because Pentagon and Justice Department lawyers interpreted a stopgap budget measure signed into law last week by President Obama, which guaranteed pay for service members, to also apply to a larger number of civilian workers.

That action came as the House, in a rare Saturday session, voted unanimously to guarantee that all federal workers will receive back pay once the government shutdown ends, offering a promise of relief, if not an actual rescue, to more than one million government employees either furloughed or working without pay.

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