U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill was in Springfield today, where she discussed her efforts to collect personal stories from Missourians as she begins her work as the head of two Senate panels aimed at protecting consumers, cracking down on scams, and guarding taxpayer dollars from waste, fraud, and abuse.
McCaskill is leading the Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and used today's event in Springfield to announce the focus of that panel's upcoming first hearing, which will take a critical look at inadequate efforts by the credit reporting industry to prevent credit reporting errors and the impact on consumers from inaccuracies.
"I'm thrilled to talk to Missourians and recruit their help in taking on abusive and deceitful practices," said McCaskill, who was introduced at the event by Ron Carrier, Director of the Missouri Attorney General's Springfield office. "With digital communications getting more sophisticated, scammers are getting more sophisticated as well-and that's why we need renewed vigilance to crack down on them."
Springfield area consumer advocates joined McCaskill at the event, including representatives from the Southwest Missouri Office of Aging, the Southwest Center for Independent Living, and Consumer Credit Counseling of Springfield.
McCaskill used Wednesday's event to announce the launch of a new tool on her website, www.McCaskill.senate.gov. The "Submit Your Scam" button will allow constituents to submit personal stories and tips to help McCaskill crack down on scams and protect consumers.
McCaskill also leads the Senate Subcommittee on Financial & Contracting Oversight, which allows an expansion of her years-long fight against government waste, fraud, and abuse in the operations of every federal agency and department. Spurred to begin an investigation by a letter from a Missouri doctor, McCaskill held the first hearing in her Financial & Contracting Oversight panel last week, targeting aggressive sales and marketing tactics in the medical equipment industry.