30 Oct '16, 8am

Congress isn't finished with the California Guard bonuses scandal

The Pentagon has its fix for the California National Guard bonuses controversy, but that won’t stop Congress from weighing in with their own solutions when they return to Capitol Hill next month. On Wednesday, defense officials announced they will suspend efforts to recoup efforts of questionable enlistment bonuses from roughly 10,000 Guardsmen after a public outcry over the practice. That came after a series of Los Angeles Times articles showed the practice was causing financial harm to combat veterans who received the hefty payouts a decade ago, only to have Guard officials ask for the money back now with threats of paycheck deductions and tax liens. Defense Secretary Ash Carter ordered a review of the recoupment procedures, to ensure that individuals who didn’t engage in fraud or wrongdoing aren’t being punished. That review is scheduled to be finished next summer. But ...

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