Put Kids Ahead of Deadbeat Parents

Sep 11, 2014Press Release

Duffy Introduces Child Support Assistance Act

Reforms law that currently helps deadbeat parents


Washington D.C. - During a House Financial Services Subcommittee on Financial Institutions hearing Wednesday, US Representative Sean Duffy (WI-07) questioned a representative from the consumer reporting industry about a provision under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) that actually helps deadbeat parents avoid child support payments. Currently, under the FCRA, credit reporting agencies are required to give consumers at least 10 days notice when they furnish a credit report to a state or local agency for the collection of child support. This notice however gives would-be deadbeat parents ample time to run up their credit, dump savings and assets or otherwise give the impression they can afford far less for their children. Rep. Duffy,Vice Chair of the Subcommittee, today introduced H.R. 5452, the Child Support Assistance Act, which would strike the provision: 

Rep. Duffy offered, "Regardless of the parents' relationship, this must first and foremost be about the kids and the responsibility that parents have to care for them. The law should not encourage or provide parents a way out of supporting their children." Duffy continued, "During Wednesday’s hearing, the representative for the consumer reporting industry indicated his support to strike the 10-day provision from the law, and I am very glad to work with Mr. Murphy on legislation that would do exactly that." 

To view Rep. Duffy's complete exchange from Wednesday's hearing, click here