Sinema's Senior Safe Act Secures AARP Endorsement

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09) announced that the Association for the Advancement of Retired People (AARP) endorsed her Senior Safe Act, legislation she introduced with Congressman Bruce Poliquin (ME-02) to protect seniors from financial fraud and abuse. The endorsement adds to growing momentum for the Senior Safe Act, which passed the House last month. Sinema’s legislation will likely be voted on by the Senate in March as part of a package of bills supported by both parties.

Sinema’s legislation tackles a growing crisis in America: every year, seniors lose almost $3 billion to financial exploitation and abuse. One in five seniors have been robbed of their hard-earned dollars by financial fraudsters and scammers. AARP represents 891,000 seniors in Arizona.

“AARP works tirelessly to give Arizona seniors the resources and support they need to live full and healthy lives,” said Congresswoman Sinema.“Our legislation ensures seniors’ personal information and hard-earned money is safe from scammers and fraudsters.  I’m thankful for AARP’s support and am committed to working with both sides of the aisle until this bill becomes law.”

The Senior Safe Act tackles elder financial fraud head-on. The legislation empowers individuals and financial institutions to report suspected instances of fraud and elder financial abuse, incentivizes firms to train employees to identify and stop financial fraud, and helps law enforcement track down financial criminals who target seniors.

“Every day, more Arizona seniors are left vulnerable to financial fraud and abuse,” said Dana Kennedy, AARP Arizona State Director. “It’s time to address this problem. AARP is proud of Congresswoman Sinema and Congressman Poliquin’s bipartisan work to protect our state’s seniors and their families with the Senior Safe Act.”

To find out more about why AARP endorsed the Senior Safe Act, click here.

Recognizing the need for immediate action, Sinema’s office has also been active in the greater Phoenix community to prepare Arizona seniors to fight financial fraud. This week, at the Pecos Community Center, Sinema’s staff brought together IRS experts and senior advocates to teach local seniors how to recognize and report fraudsters and scammers.