Stolen Valor Act
On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass
House Roll Call No. 161
113rd Congress, 1st Session

Passed: 390-3 (see complete tally)

On May 20, 2013, the House passed HR 258, the Stolen Valor Act, by a vote of 390-3 with 40 members not voting. The ACLU opposed the bill because it would make it a federal criminal offense to “fraudulently” hold oneself out to be the recipient of certain military decorations and medals without specifying the punishment should only cover “completed” frauds. Fraud is subject to less constitutional protection than other speech, but requires intent to defraud, a material misrepresentation, reasonable reliance on the misrepresentation, and resulting harm. As written, H.R. 258 may not be limited to speech that is truly fraudulent. The law is also unnecessary because both state and federal law already cover truly fraudulent misrepresentations about the receipt of a military decoration. 

Vote Map: House Roll Call No. 161
Votes For : 390
Votes Against : 3
Not Voting : 40