Now that Congress has passed a spending bill to fund government operations for the rest of the fiscal year, with additional funding for the Defense Department, the Pentagon can reduce the number of unpaid furlough days it's forcing civilian employees to take.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told reporters today the spending bill, known as the continuing resolution, will allow the department to reduce the furlough days from 22 to 14. The furloughs will affect as many as 700,000 employees.