Hagel: House Vote is 'Astoundingly Irresponsible'

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned the lawmakers whose votes early Sunday moved the U.S. government closer to a shutdown about the ramifications of their move, saying that if the standoff on Capitol Hill continues, the United States will be ungovernable.

U.S. Republican lawmakers have demanded a one-year delay in President Barack Obama’s healthcare program in exchange for funding government operations.

Hagel, a former Republican senator from Nebraska, spoke with reporters en …

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