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July 2005 Newsletter: Protecting Seniors from Identity Theft

Location: Washington DC

July 2005

Protecting Seniors from Identity Theft

On a vote of 314-94, I successfully included my bi-partisan identity protection amendment in the annual legislation providing funds for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education.

My measure requires the removal of social security numbers from Medicare Cards. By including the social security numbers on Medicare Cards, the federal government places millions of seniors at risk of becoming victims of identity theft. Removing social security numbers from Medicare Cards means that senior citizens are less vulnerable to identity theft.

Working with both Congressmen Ron Paul (R-TX) and Cliff Stearns (R-FL), I was able to persuade the Republican dominated House to accept this amendment. As a leader in combating identity theft for several years, I have previously forced the IRS to remove social security numbers from tax-related mailings.

With identity theft becoming one of the fastest growing crimes, it is now more important than ever that we do our part to protect personal privacy and put an end to this horrible crime.


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