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Obama Army Secretary Nominee Tussled With Obama, Gates Over Pentagon Budget

Committee Republicans later complained that the Gates budget process was too opaque, latching on to a non-disclosure agreement Gates made members of his staff sign to prevent details of the proposal from leaking to members of Congress and the press.

Eleven Republican members signed a May 5 letter to Gates to that effect, but, perhaps notably, McHugh was not among them.

If confirmed, McHugh will join Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Gates himself as Republican appointees in the Obama administration. LaHood and Gates are cabinet officials. McHugh would not be.

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