U.S. Representative Duncan Hunter made the following statement regarding the Pentagon’s decision to waive bonus and loan repayments to members of the California National Guard:

"This isn’t just the right action to take, it’s the only action to take—and I’m pleased that the Secretary of Defense is waiving repayment for most Guardsmen.  But it shouldn’t be lost on anyone that the Secretary is taking this action through existing authority and that same authority could have been exercised at any point since the size and scope of the situation was realized."