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Brown Praises House Action On Stolen Valor Act

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"I am pleased the House Judiciary Committee has reported the Stolen Valor Act of 2012 to the full House of Representatives. I encourage the House to take up and pass this very important bill as soon as possible. I will continue working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle and in both chambers to get this legislation signed into law. It is important that those who misrepresent themselves as heroes, and try to profit from the service and sacrifice of others, are held responsible for their actions."

The Stolen Valor Act of 2005 made it a crime to lie about military service and awards, but was recently overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The bipartisan Stolen Valor Act of 2011 introduced by Senator Brown (S. 1728) and similar legislation in the House makes a key change to the Stolen Valor Act of 2005 by punishing individuals who misrepresent their military service in order to profit. Based on the Supreme Court's ruling, the legislation would be constitutional because it focuses on those who seek to benefit from their misrepresentations.

Senator Brown's bill has 33 cosponsors.


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