U.S. Defense Secretary agrees to pay cut

Senate Armed Services Committee Considers Hagel Nomination

(CNN) — U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will give up a portion of his salary, a decision prompted by the mandatory federal budget, Pentagon press secretary George Little said Tuesday.

The amount would be the part of the salary that would have been cut if he had been subject to the same work furlough as thousands of department personnel.

Hagel, who earns $199,700 annually and is not subject to the furlough, will write a check to the Treasury for up to 14 days of salary, Little said.

From CNN Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr

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