Senate Approves Sinema Bipartisan Bill Supporting Identity Theft Victims

Jun 17, 2020

Sinema’s bill creates a single point of contact at the Social Security Administration to resolve identity theft cases more easily

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate unanimously approved Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema’s and Republican Senator Chuck Grassley’s (Iowa) Improving Social Security’s Service to Victims of Identity Theft Act. Their bipartisan bill cuts red tape and creates a single point of contact at the Social Security Administration to assist identity theft victims and solve cases more easily.
“Arizonans who have had their identity stolen deserve a simplified governmental process as they get back on their feet. Creating a single point of contact at the Social Security Administration allows Arizona victims of identity theft to have their cases resolved quickly and easily” said Sinema.
Sinema’s legislation is endorsed by the AARP, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (NCPSSM), Social Security Works, Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC), National Council of Social Security Management Associations (NCSSMA), and the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR).
Sinema has long championed Arizonans who have fallen victims to illegal scams. Sinema introduced in June with Republican Senator Cory Gardner (Colo.) legislation that expands Federal Trade Commission authority to stop false advertising during the coronavirus pandemic. 
The U.S. Senate recently approved unanimously a bipartisan resolution introduced by Sinema and Republican Senator Susan Collins (Maine) that designates March 5th as “National Slam the Scam Day.” While Sinema served in the U.S. House, she worked with the Chair of the Senate Aging Committee, Republican Senator Susan Collins (Maine), to pass the Senior Safe Act into law, empowering financial institutions to report suspected instances of elder financial abuse and fraud. In the U.S. Senate, Sinema and Senator Collins have continued their work by introducing the Senior Security Act, which would create a task force at the Securities and Exchange Commission to protect seniors from financial crimes, and the Anti-Spoofing Penalties Modernization Act, which would increase penalties for criminals who use robocalls to harass seniors and veterans.
While serving in the U.S. House, Sinema also partnered with Republican Senator Tim Scott (South Carolina) to pass the Protecting Children from Identity Theft Act, requiring the Social Security Administration to develop a database to facilitate the verification of consumer information upon request by a certified financial institution to especially protect children who are often targeted for identity theft. She also successfully advocated on behalf of Arizona parents and children to cut red tape at the Social Security Administration, ensuring victims of identity theft can get new Social Security Numbers and the fresh start they deserve.