House Passes Hultgren Legislation to Combat Child Identity Fraud
Washington, DC — Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed (420-1) the Protecting Children from Identity Theft Act, H.R. 5192, a bipartisan bill introduced by U.S. Representatives Randy Hultgren (R-IL-14), Carlos Curbelo (R-FL-26), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ-9) and Kenny Marchant (R-TX-24). H.R. 5192 directs the Social Security Administration (SSA) to take a more proactive role in preventing identity theft by electronically confirming with trusted third parties whether or not a name, date of birth and Social Security Number (SSN) are affiliated.
“Identity theft affects thousands, if not millions, of children and families a year…Among other things, children's identities were used to purchase homes and open credit card accounts,” said Rep. Hultgren during debate on the House floor. “In Wilmette, Illinois, the Social Security Number of a 13-year old was used by a fraudster to open a credit card with a plan to use it to pay for plastic surgery. The Protecting Children from Identity Theft will strengthen the relationship between the public and private sectors in order to combat identity theft.”
“I am glad this important legislation passed the House, and I now urge the Senate to take this up quickly so the President can sign it into law,” said Rep. Hultgren.
Rep. Hultgren penned an op-ed in Crain’s Chicago Business with further details about “synthetic” identity fraud and how to combat it: https://hultgren.house.gov/newsroom/in-the-news/op-ed-how-to-better-combat-identity-fraud.
Rep. Hultgren is a member of the House Committee on Financial Services where he serves as the Vice-Chair of the Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Securities, and Investment, and is also a member of the Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance.