House of Reps passes law against lying about military service

Congressional lawmakers are again trying to make it illegal to lie about receiving military medals. By a 410-3 vote, the House of Representatives passed a bill sponsored by Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev., making it a crime for people to lie about a military record with the aim of obtaining payment or other benefits. U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-West Columbia, was one of the bill's co-sponsors and said the bill rightly punishes "individuals who dishonestly claim to have dedicated their lives to ensure the American people's safety for their own person gain." U.S. Rep. Tim Scott also voted in favor of the bill and was glad to see the measure passed. A similar bill is passing through the Senate but has not made it to the floor for a vote. Heck's proposal is the second time Congress has attempted to ban lying about military decorations and service. Earlier this year, the Supreme Court struck down the Stolen Valor Act because it violated First Amendment free speech rights.