Sen. Tom Cotton
Sen. Tom Cotton

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) will introduce the Washington-Grant Historic Preservation Act, which would amend the Veterans' Memorial Preservation Act to provide for a one-year mandatory minimum prison sentence for those who damage or destroy monuments "dedicated to our most gallant American heroes."

According to the senator, "Vandals are defacing and tearing down of statues of our esteemed forefathers such as George Washington and Ulysses S. Grant with reckless abandon.

"At a minimum they should face one year in prison for this crime," Cotton said.

Sen. Cotton grew up on his family’s cattle farm in Yell County, Ark. He graduated from Dardanelle High School, Harvard and Harvard Law School. After a clerkship with the U.S. Court of Appeals and private law practice, he left the law because of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. He served nearly five years on active duty in the United States Army as an infantry officer with the 101st Airborne. His military decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Combat Infantry Badge and Ranger Tab.