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Senate Passes Social Security Number Fraud Prevention Act

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Washignton, September 7, 2017 | Anna R. Vetter ((202) 815-1685) | comments
Last night, the United States Senate unanimously passed U.S. Congressman Valadao’s legislation to protect Americans from becoming victims of identity theft.
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WASHINGTON – Last night, the United States Senate unanimously passed U.S. Congressman David G. Valadao’s (CA-21) legislation to protect Americans from becoming victims of identity theft.

On May 24, 2017, H.R. 624 the Social Security Number Fraud Prevention Act was passed by the United States House of Representatives and sent to the Senate for further consideration. Last night, the legislation passed the Senate by an unanimous vote.

Following passage of the bill, Congressman Valadao said, “Our federal government should be working to protect our nation's veterans and children, not actively contributing to the occurrence of this crime. By reducing the number of mailed documents that contain full Social Security numbers, Congress can lessen the occurrence and mitigate the impacts of identity theft.” He went on, “I appreciate the Senate’s timely passage of my bill and look forward to sending the legislation to the President’s desk to be signed into law.”

“Identity theft continues to rise at an alarming rate and remains one of the top reported consumer scams,” said Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) who introduced companion legislation in the Senate. “The Social Security Fraud Prevention Act aims to mitigate the threat of identity theft by reducing the number of government-issued documents that contain full Social Security numbers. It strengthens protections against fraud for all Americans, and I am pleased this legislation has passed both the House and Senate and is on its way to the President’s desk to be signed into law.”

Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States. It threatens the financial security of millions of Americans, as well the economic stability of the United States as a whole. In fact, every two seconds, another American becomes a victim of identity fraud. Even worse - these crimes tend to impact vulnerable populations - such as children, the elderly, and veterans the most.

H.R. 624, the Social Security Number Fraud Prevention Act, addresses concerns regarding the prevalence of Social Security Numbers on government documents sent by mail. Specifically, the legislation aims to specify the circumstances under which inclusion of full SSNs is necessary and otherwise partially redact or completely remove the SSN from government-issued documents.

The text of the bill can be found here and a legislative summary of the bill can be found here.

Congressman David G. Valadao represents the 21st Congressional District, which includes Kings County and portions of Fresno, Tulare, and Kern Counties.

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