About 1,300 Portsmouth Naval Shipyard workers have been furloughed.
Lawmakers and union representatives were pleased with Hagel's announcement.
“Today’s announcement is welcome news for thousands of hardworking families, but it is not an excuse for Congressional inaction," said U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, D-NH. “Sequestration’s irrational and reckless cuts hurt our economy and limit job growth. Congress must replace sequestration with a responsible budget that reduces the deficit and increases middle class security."
American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. on Tuesday issued the following statement:
“AFGE has argued from the start that the Department of Defense furloughs were always the worst possible way for the department to absorb sequestration’s cuts. The secretary’s announcement suggests that he has finally realized that furloughs are costly in terms of dollars, readiness, and morale.
“The administration is finally listening to our AFGE activists, who have been flooding the White House and congressional offices with stories of personal hardship and the ways in which furloughs have undermined military readiness."