Skip to comments.Stolen Valor Act stalls in House (Shame on House Republicans)
Posted on 11/16/2006 7:43:32 AM PST by pabianice
(This is just plain wrong -- Louis)
The House Judiciary Committee failed to take action on the Stolen Valor Act during its first meeting after the midterm elections and is not scheduled to send the bill to the floor before the current congressional session concludes at the end of the year, according to committee spokesman Terry Shawn.
The Stolen Valor Act which has been bottled up in the House subcommittee on crime, terrorism and homeland security since the Senate unanimously passed its version of the bill Sept. 7 would close a loophole in current law that allows fraudulent veterans to claim they rate military decorations they didnt earn as long as they dont physically wear them.
Currently, people who didnt earn such awards as the Silver Star, Navy Cross and Medal of Honor can put them on their résumés and vehicle license plates without violating the law. The new legislation prescribes hefty fines and up to a year in jail for posers who try to pass themselves off as war heroes.
The bill has attracted more than 100 co-sponsors in the House including five Judiciary Committee members since it was introduced in the summer of 2005 by Rep. John Salazar, D-Colo., who pushed unsuccessfully to get the bill passed before Congress adjourned for the midterm elections Oct. 1.
Co-sponsor Rep. Bob Beauprez, R-Colo., called the committees failure to act on the bill before adjournment enormously frustrating. Committee member Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said he was disappointed by the lack of traction the bill has gained in committee.
The committee is scheduled to meet again during the first two weeks of December. If the bill does not make it to the floor for a vote then, it must be reintroduced in the House and Senate during the next congressional session.
Covering for themselves.
No doubt about it, anymore.
...we get the government we deserve.
But if you're just bragging to your buddies at the bar,or even at your American Legion post I have trouble with such bragging getting you a year in the slammer.
Go ahead....flame away.But I see this as being the conservative answer to "hate crimes".
"I was a SP5 who got a Good Conduct Medal..."
Braggert? I can assure you,my friend,that it ain't too difficult to achieve either of those lofty goals.It least it wasn't 35 years ago.
Sorry...meant as a joke...
I kinda figured that it was a joke.That's why I answered in a rather lighthearted way.I guess I should have included a smiley face.
I am certain that Murtha will put this high on his things to do list when he gets the new job. Not!
I got the joke.
Did 21 years and should have 7.
Only have 4, Hmmmmmm. I wonder what happened?
"Only have 4, Hmmmmmm. I wonder what happened?"
I'll choose Article 15 for $100, Alex....
Damn I thought it was pelled curry???
Had 5, lost 2, got back 2, lost 1, got back 1.....
Oh, forget it.
When I was in the Army, I got three Army Achievement Medals (and the assorted Good Conduct, Overseas Service, and something else), but when doing the paper work upon leaving, my final orders said that I'd only gotten two. I was getting out on a Friday afternoon. The "fix" suggested was to come back on Monday and get the paperwork corrected.
Nope. My official orders still say I have only two. ;-)
One would think that you could straighten out your problem...perhaps even by e-mail.It would probably be a pain in the hindquaters,but....
As for me,my military "career" was decidedly ordinary.No heroism or cowardice.No Article 15's...nothin'.I followed orders (well,most of them at least) and kept my mouth shut.That,combined with the fact that I was never ordered overseas meant that my Class A's were very uncluttered by medals,overseas stripes,Purple Hearts or anything else.
Hmmm... Sure, claiming medals that were not actually awarded is a pretty lowlife thing to do, but I'm not sure it needs to be against the law.
If you asy you are a cop, and you are not, anywhere, anytime, it is illegal.
Folks who claim medals they did not win should face mandatory jail time. One year, minimum.
Especially because they are mostly liberals.