In a media call Tuesday, Rep. Tom Reed expressed hope for a bipartisan Social Security bill he is co-sponsoring in the House of Representatives. 

Rep. John B. Larson of Connecticut, a Democrat, introduced the Improving Social Security's Services for Victims of Identity Theft Act, HR 5446, on behalf of himself and Reed on Dec. 17.

Reed said the bill is intended to ease the burden on identity theft victims by reducing the points of contact with the Social Security Administration to one, he said.

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"I hope this bill will make it easier," said Reed, a Republican who represents the Greater Olean area in Congress. "The anxiety -- the impact -- that's caused is significant."

During the call, Reed also spoke about the Republican endorsed for the vacant New York 27th District Congressional seat; President Donald J. Trump's impeachment trial; the New York Green Light Law; the national debt crisis and Fredonia's placement in "Small Business Revolution."

Reed said he supports New York State Sen. Chris Jacobs, who has been selected by Republican leaders to run in the special election scheduled for April 28. The seat has been vacated by Rep. Chris Collins, who has been sentenced to 26 months in jail.

Next, Reed stated his opposition to the impeachment trial: "We should respect the voting will of the American people."

Reed also said he disagrees with the Green Light Law, believing it's a "security risk" that will allow immigrants in the country illegally to use foreign-issued identifying documents to apply for driving privileges.

Next, Reed said he may consider the national debt crisis to be a larger issue than the Trump administration does.  

"This debt is going to eventually come home to roost," he said. 

Reed said he hopes Fredonia's winning of the competitive TV show Small Business Revolution, will "highlight us on a national stage." The $500,000 award will be distributed to small businesses for revitalization.

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