May 22, 2013
Thanks Rep. Joe Heck (NV-3) for championing issue in House of Representatives
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, the Stolen Valor Act passed the Senate by unanimous consent after passing the House of Representatives earlier this week. Starting on Tuesday, U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) actively worked to have the Senate immediately pass this bill, which makes it a federal crime to lie about receiving a military decoration or medal in order to profit or benefit financially. Senator Heller issued the following statement following Senate passage:
“Our nation can never fully express our gratitude for all that our men and women in uniform have experienced on our behalf. Their acts of valor helped ensure the safety and security of our nation, and the honor of their awards should never be compromised. I would like to thank my good friend and fellow Nevadan, Congressman Joe Heck, for his leadership in the House on this issue and look forward to the bill moving to President Obama for signature,” said Senator Dean Heller.
On Monday, the measure (H.R. 258), introduced by Congressman Joe Heck (NV-03), passed the House of Representatives with overwhelming bipartisan support by a vote of 390 to 3. In February, Senator Heller and Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) introduced the Stolen Valor Act (S. 210) in the Senate.