Senate panel plans hearing to look at shutdown’s impact on military

The four military service chiefs are slated to testify at the sequestration hearing on Oct. 8.

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Service members are continuing to work amid the shutdown, and Congress passed a bill on Monday that President Obama signed that will keep paying them in the event of a shutdown.

About 400,000 Pentagon civilians, however, are being furloughed thanks to the government shutdown, which makes up roughly half of the Defense Department civilian workforce.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Tuesday that Pentagon lawyers were looking at the law to see if they could get any more civilian employees exempted from the furloughs.

The shutdown is also threatening the nationally televised Navy-Air Force college football game on Saturday, the Naval Academy said Tuesday.