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Walberg, House Take Action to Stop Illegal Robocalls

July 24, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C.—Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) today voted for the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act, bipartisan legislation that empowers consumers and cracks down on illegal robocallers. H.R. 3375 includes a provision Walberg helped author to address one-ring scams, an increasingly common robocall scheme that tricks consumers into paying huge hidden fees on return phone calls. The bill passed the House by a 429-3 vote.
 
“The personal impact of illegal robocalls can range from irritating to predatory, but one thing is clear: They must be stopped,” said Walberg. “This bipartisan legislation is a major step towards providing fed up citizens with peace of mind when answering their phones and more safeguards from fraudulent actors. I was proud to collaborate with my colleagues on the Energy and Commerce Committee to tackle this important issue and get results.”
 
About H.R. 3375, the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act

  • Requires the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to adopt critical consumer protections and report to Congress on its progress against illegal robocallers.
  • Gives the FCC up to four years to catch illegal callers, and streamlines the FCC’s ability to quickly fine first-time offenders.
  • Supports the rapid implementation of new technologies to make sure that every call is authenticated, and illegal calls are blocked.
  • Allows the blocking of illegal robocalls in a reasonable manner by providers without an extra line-item charge to consumers.
  • Establishes a Hospital Robocall Working Group to shield our health care system from illegal robocalls.

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