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Reed promotes bill to aid ID theft victims

The representative for New York’s 23rd Congressional District is supporting a new bipartisan bill to assist victims of identity theft when contacting the Social Security Administration.

On Tuesday, Tom Reed, R-Corning, discussed the bill during his weekly conference call with regional media. He said the bill will work to give victims of identity theft a single point of contact with the Social Security Administration, which will improve current conditions when someone might have to provide personal information to several people.

The bill is titled the Improving Social Security’s Service to Victims of Identity Theft Act. Reed said the bill has been endorsed by AARP, Social Security Works and several other stakeholder groups.

“I hope the bill will make it easier to know that when you contact the Social Security Administration you will be assigned to one individual,” he said. “It’s a common sense proposal.”

Reed said it’s not fair to compound the stress of identity theft with bureaucracy. He said lawmakers care about ensuring that victims don’t have to deal with a different person during every call to the Social Security Administration or have to explain their situation repeatedly while worrying if the employee they are working with is a fraudster.

In other business, Reed also discussed ongoing the presidential impeachment trail in the U.S. Senate. Reed said his position against the impeachment hasn’t changed since the trail started in the Senate, which followed the proceedings in the House of Representatives.

“At the end of the day, the senators are going to conclude … that impeachment is not warranted here,” he said.

Reed believes that President Donald Trump should not be removed from office and believes the American people want their say come November when the next presidential election will be held.

“We should refer to the American people,” he said.

On Tuesday, the trail was adjourned with the senators expected to begin the question-and-answer portion of the proceedings today. There will be two days of questioning, spread over today and Thursday. After the two days of questioning, the Senate will move on to the vote about calling possible new witnesses to testify in the trial.

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