Pentagon

Hagel Backs Budget Deal

Some veterans' groups are not happy with the agreement

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Pentagon leaders are on board with the congressional budget deal.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a statement that he was pleased Congress had come together on a deal that reduces the impact of sequestration and gives the Pentagon more certainty on the budget, though some veterans' groups were less enthused.

"While this agreement doesn't solve every budget problem facing the Department of Defense, it will help address our military readiness challenge by restoring funding for training and procurement — especially in fiscal year 2014," Hagel said.

The agreement struck by House and Senate Budget Committee leaders would provide the Pentagon with $22 billion in sequester relief for 2014, and another $9 billion the following year.

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