New Stolen Valor Act Passes House and Senate

A new version of the Stolen Valor Act, sponsored by Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV), passed the House of Representatives on Monday with a substantial majority of the vote.

If passed by the Senate and signed by the President, this bill would essentially replace the previous Stolen Valor Act which was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 2012. The old bill made it a Federal crime to lie about receiving a medal - which the Supreme Court felt violated the First Amendment. The new bill sidesteps this restriction by making it a crime to profit (obtaining money, property, or other tangible benefit) from lying about receiving a medal.

Maximum punishment if found guilty of this new law would be a $100,000 fine and up to a year in jail for each offense. It is also hoped that this new bill focuses on those who lie in an attempt to commit fraud - since merely wearing an invalid medal is not enough to be arrested.

On Wednesday the same bill passed the Senate by unanimous vote - now it's headed to the White House just in time for Memorial Day!