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Springfield Republican: Sen. Ed Markey lauds Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel for recalling most Pentagon civilian contractors furloughed by government shutdown

As Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Saturday that most of the military’s civilian contractors who found themselves out of work due to the government shutdown could return to work next week, the decision was immediately praised by a Massachusetts democrat who had been pushing for such a move.

U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., called on Hagel a day earlier to consider using the authority granted under the Pay Our Military Act. On the verge of the shutdown, Congress passed and President Barack Obama signed the law ensuring that active duty military members continue to get paid on time.

Markey said that Hagel’s invocation of the legislation will benefit the nearly 7,000 civilians and thousands of contractors employed in Massachusetts and the tens of thousands on the books nationwide.

“This is the right decision for the hundreds of thousands of patriots who support our soldiers, and now it’s time to end this harmful government shutdown that has left hundreds of thousands of other federal workers sitting at home,” Markey said in a statement.