GOOD NEWS Lawmaker Proposes Medal of Honor Be Awarded to Chris Kyle
A Texas lawmaker revealed on Fox Business Network today that he has introduced a bill to posthumously award the Congressional Medal of Honor to Chris Kyle.
Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas) said on "Varney & Co." he wanted to wait until after the murder trial of Kyle's killer, Eddie Ray Routh, to go ahead with the effort to give Kyle the nation's highest military honor.
Routh was found guilty Tuesday night in the Feb. 2013 murders of Kyle and Chad Littlefield at a Texas gun range.
Williams said Congress fights over a lot of things, but does not expect much resistance to this legislation.
He said he hopes to have a vote on the House floor soon and expects the legislation to move quickly.
"He truly is an American hero. He saved countless American lives during his four tours. ... And it comes at a good time too. It lets people in America and our soldiers, the best and the brightest we have, to let them know that we appreciate them and the job they do and that we love them," said Williams.
If passed, the bill will authorize President Obama to give the Medal of Honor to Kyle posthumously.
The Navy SEAL was recognized as the most prolific sniper in U.S. military history, with 160 confirmed kills during his four tours in the Iraq War.
Kyle has previously received two Silver Star Medals, five Bronze Star Medals, one Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals.
"American Sniper," the film based on Kyle's book about his life, surpassed $400 million at the box office.
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