Costa Responds to Secretary Carter’s Announcement to Suspend Collections of Reenlistment Bonuses

Oct 26, 2016
Press Release

FRESNO, CA – Today, Rep. Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement after Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced that he ordered the Defense and Accounting Service to suspend the collection of reenlistment bonuses from affected California National Guard Members:

“Ensuring that U.S. service men and women are not held responsible for the mistakes and misconduct of the Department of Defense has been my top priority,” said Rep. Costa. “I joined my House colleagues in urging Secretary Ash Carter to halt collections on enlistment bonuses immediately, and I welcome the news that payments have been suspended.”

Costa continued saying, “when Congress reconvenes next month, I look forward to working with my colleagues on a bipartisan solution to fix the wrongdoings of the responsible parties at the Department of Defense. American soldiers sacrifice everything to serve our country in its greatest time of need, and it is crucial for the payments to be waived so the U.S. government can earn back the trust of those affected.”