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Hundreds of thousands of furloughed workers asked to return to work
Looking ahead -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said hundreds of thousands furloughed civilian workers will be asked to return to work beginning this week. Those Department of Defense employees were out of work due to the government shutdown.
Secretary Hagel also says the law allows the DOD to eliminate furloughs for employees whose responsibilities contribute to the morale, well-being and readiness of service members. Just hours before the announcement -- the House passed a bill providing back pay to federal workers who were furloughed.
No word on when the Senate might vote on that bill.