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House votes to send legislation to stop illegal robocalls to the President’s desk

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Washington, December 4, 2019 | Josh Paciorek (202-225-3761) | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today voted for and the House passed the bipartisan TRACED Act, an effort to put an end to illegal robocalls in southwest Michigan and across the country. The legislation – S. 151 - now heads to President Donald Trump’s desk to be signed into law.

“I have been part of the effort to stop illegal, pesky, and annoying robocalls all year because enough is enough,” Upton said. “It’s an issue that impacts families, hospitals, seniors, and Americans across the country. Robocalls fill up hospital lines, try to steal our personal information and security, and threaten our well-being and sanity. Already 54 billion robocalls have been placed in 2019, averaging 164 calls per person – including more than 203 million robocalls in our district alone. I’m glad to see this bipartisan effort advance through the House and Senate and hope to see President Trump sign it quickly.”

Specifically, the TRACED Act will:

  • Implement a nationwide caller authentication system so consumers can again trust that the number they see on their caller ID is actually the person calling them.
  • Allow consumers to block unlawful calls in a consistent and transparent way, at no extra charge.
  • Ensures that law enforcement and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have the tools, information, and incentives to go after robocallers that break the law.

The House had previously passed H.R. 3375, the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act, in July by a vote of 429-3. Upton was a cosponsor of that bill and was a vocal leader for the bill’s passage.

The TRACED Act is a bipartisan compromise between the House and Senate, and it passed the House unanimously.

To learn more about the TRACED Act, click here.



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