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Proposal Would Punish Misrepresentations of Military Service

Under a proposal introduced Wednesday by Sen. Orrin Hatch, individuals who embellish or lie about their military record could face up to six months in prison.

The Utah Republican’s proposal for the supplemental war spending bill, which is currently on the Senate floor, follows revelations that Democratic Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut misstated his military service.

“It is sad that there are those who attempt to inflate their record and make these claims,” Hatch said in a statement. “To do that defiles the sacrifice and service of those who have served in combat. Worse yet, it dishonors the sacrifice of the brave men and women in uniform who have given their lives in combat so that the freedoms we enjoy are defended.”

It is unclear whether Hatch’s proposal will see floor action. The Senate is poised to finish consideration of the $60 billion war supplemental by the end of the week.

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