Two Republican members of Congress who are also military veterans have introduced a bill that would lower the rating of the new Distinguished Warfare Medal, which can be given to drone pilots and cyber warriors.

The legislation would prohibit the medal from being rated equal to or higher than the Purple Heart.

As introduced by the Defense Department, the medal is rated higher than both the Purple Heart and Bronze Star with Valor device, the latter medal given to troops for displaying heroism under fire.

Reps. Duncan Hunter of California and Tom Rooney of Florida co-sponsored the bill.

"There is no greater sacrifice than risking your own life to save another on the battlefield," said Rooney, "and the order of precedence should appropriately reflect the reverence we hold for those willing to make that sacrifice."

Hunter said "there is nothing wrong" with recognizing significant actions away from the battlefield, "but it's absolutely necessary to ensure that combat valor is not diminished in any way."