U.S. Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) today spoke from the Senate floor to urge his colleagues to cosponsor the Stolen Valor Act of 2011 (S. 1728), which would make it a federal crime to misrepresent military service in order to profit. In the speech, Senator Brown announced that the bill has garnered 27 new Senate cosponsors, making 29 total, since he and Rep. Joe Heck of Nevada launched a new campaign yesterday to pass the bill. Senator Brown also spoke about a letter he sent to President Obama this morning asking for his public endorsement of the bill.
Excerpts from the speech:
"Yesterday, Congressman Joe Heck of Nevada and I hosted a press conference to start a fresh campaign to pass the new Stolen Valor Act, and we had wonderful results. Within a few hours of that press conference we gained 27 new cosponsors in the Senate, making a total of 29."
"It's clear that this cause has momentum, and the Supreme Court decision has given many a sense of urgency and clarity. In fact, today, I wrote President Obama to ask for his public endorsement of the bill I am hopeful that the commander-in-chief will lend his voice to this cause."