American Moving & Storage Association Calls on Senate to Swiftly Pass Measure
April 18, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed H.R. 4403, the Moving Americans’ Privacy Protection Act, in a bipartisan effort to protect Americans’ privacy when moving overseas. The American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA) applauds the bill’s champions, Congressmen Jeff Denham (R-CA) and Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), along with Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA), for leading debate on the House floor.
“We strongly urge the Senate to pass the companion bill without delay so that this vital legislation to protect the privacy of Americans can be sent to President Trump for his signature,” said AMSA President and CEO Scott Michael. “The American Moving & Storage Association thanks all our members who visited congressional offices last year and who have actively contacted their representative and senators to help move this legislation forward. This will be a huge win for the moving and storage industry, and the families our members serve.”
Currently, if an American relocates internationally, they may become the victim of identity theft because their own government inadvertently sold their Social Security number or passport information to marketers who released it online. Much of the time, those targeted are military families and foreign service personnel changing duty stations or returning home.
“Rather than unpacking and trying to unwind following a stressful life event, American citizens are instead stuck trying to unfreeze their credit cards and figure out who is responsible,” said AMSA Vice President of Government Affairs Paul Milotte. “Understandably, these victims often mistakenly blame their moving company. In reality, flawed procedures employed by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection expose people to these risks. This legislation is the only way to fix that flawed process and stop this from happening.”
The bill’s sponsors had this to say following passage:
“It’s unacceptable that our federal agencies have been exposing American citizens to identity theft,” said Rep. Denham. “The U.S. government needs to protect the identities of its citizens and armed service members at all costs.”
“Americans have a rightful expectation that their Social Security number and passport data aren’t made public. And the government has a responsibility to ensure that the privacy of her citizens is not violated,” said Rep. Pascrell. “The Moving Americans Privacy Protection Act will require that U.S. Customs puts in place hard procedures to ensure that both objectives are fulfilled.”
Companion legislation introduced by Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Gary Peters (D-MI), S. 998, cleared the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on March 7, 2018. The legislation now awaits further consideration by the Senate.
The American Moving & Storage Association, home of the ProMover certification program, is the national trade association representing the nation’s moving and storage companies, which provide household goods moving services, specialized transportation for sensitive freight such as computers and trade show exhibits, and warehouse storage services. The association has approximately 3,500 members, including domestic and international companies and industry suppliers, and supports programs and activities that promote consumer protection, professional development, safety, and operational efficiency. Find out more at Moving.org.