By Jeremy Herb - 10/03/13 09:34 PM EDT
Republican lawmakers argue that the law, which is the topic of next Thursday’s hearing, was intended to allow all Pentagon civilians to be exempted and continue working in a shutdown.
House Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) sent a letter to Hagel on Tuesday asking for clarification on the Pentagon’s position and urging the department to use “broad latitude” in interpreting the law.
Roughly half of the Pentagon’s 800,000 civilian workforce have been furloughed due to the government shutdown.
The hearing does not yet have any witnesses scheduled.