Sinema, Cornyn Introduce Bipartisan ‘Social Security Child Protection Act’

Sep 20, 2023

Senators’ legislation cuts red tape and helps Arizona families get a new Social Security number when children have had their Social Security numbers compromised

WASHINGTON – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema and Republican Senator John Cornyn (Texas) introduced the Social Security Child Protection Act – bipartisan legislation cutting red tape and helping Arizona families whose children who have had their Social Security numbers compromised get a new Social Security number. This legislation is part of Sinema’s work to reduce scam and fraud against Arizonans.

“We’re preventing fraud, cutting red tape, and helping Arizona children receive new Social Security numbers if their social security cards were lost, stolen, or compromised,” said Senator Sinema.

“Children are especially vulnerable to identity theft because they don’t work, drive, or establish credit, extending the time thieves can misuse their Social Security Numbers unnoticed,” said Senator Cornyn. “This legislation would make it easier for families to replace their children’s stolen Social Security Numbers, and I’m glad to support it.”

Sinema’s Social Security Child Protection Act, co-led by Republican Senator John Cornyn (Texas), removes barriers for children under 14 to receive a new Social Security card when their current one is stolen or lost. The current process is very difficult on Arizona families, requiring extensive proof and coordination with multiple authorities to receive a new social security card.

Companion legislation in the U.S. House was introduced by U.S. Representatives Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio) and Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) and passed the House Ways and Means Committee with unanimous support.