Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel is urging Congress to create a permanent solution to sequestration, warning the cuts would have a dire impact on the U.S. military. The across-the-board cuts "would harm military readiness and disrupt each and every investment program," Hagel said. "Based on my assessment to date, I share [Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta's] concerns. I urge the Congress to eliminate the sequester threat permanently and pass a balanced deficit-reduction plan."

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