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It is the second time 82-year-old Mr. Young has gotten a waiver from Republican term limits on leadership positions.

In a statement, the GOP lawmaker praised Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio and Rep. Harold Rogers, Kentucky Republican and chairman of the Appropriations Committee.

“At a time of great uncertainty and what I see as instability in the future direction of U.S. defense policy, I believe we need to keep our national security team intact, ready to respond to any threats to our readiness,” Mr. Young said. “I appreciate the confidence the speaker and Chairman Rogers have shown in me to bring before the House good appropriations bills that protect our nation from threats abroad, continue to support our all-volunteer force and to care for our fallen heroes and their families when they return home, many with injuries from which they will never fully recover.”

First elected in 1970, Mr. Young is the longest-serving Republican member of Congress.

From wire dispatches and staff reports