Mikulski: DoD hiring freeze bad idea

Thursday - 7/14/2011, 10:41am EDT

Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.)

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New Defense secretary Leon Panetta was sworn in about two weeks ago. And already the honeymoon is over. Facing certain future cuts in Defense spending, Panetta floated the idea of a freeze on the number of DOD civilian employees. That got him in trouble with a group of senators, including Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.). She fired off a letter to Panetta, asking him to reconsider. Mikulski tells Federal News Radio she thinks Panetta is freezing the wrong thing.

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