Eshoo Votes to End Scourge of Robocalls
July 25th, 2019
House of Representatives Passes Bipartisan Stopping Bad Robocalls Act
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) voted for the bipartisan Stopping Bad Robocalls Act, legislation that will bring much needed relief to Americans affected by abusive robocall practices. Last year, Americans received an unfathomable 48 billion robocalls.
“The American people have been bombarded by robocalls for too long. These calls are not only annoying, they’re dangerous. Last year, an estimated 43 million Americans were scammed out of $10.5 billion,” Rep. Eshoo said. “I’m proud to have cosponsored and voted for the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act to eliminate the scourge of robocalls and deliver a victory for the American people.”
You can watch Rep. Eshoo’s floor speech HERE.
The Stopping Bad Robocalls Act passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 429-3. The bill:
- Requires that phone carriers implement call authentication technology so consumers can trust their caller ID again;
- Requires carriers to offer call blocking services to consumers, at no additional charge, with important transparency safeguards to make sure important calls aren’t inadvertently blocked;
- Directs the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to issue rules to protect consumers from calls they didn’t agree to receive and to ensure consumers can withdraw consent;
- Requires the FCC to enact safeguards so companies can’t abuse robocall exemptions; and
- Ensures the FCC has the authority and the tools to take strong, quick action when it tracks down robocallers, including by extending the statute of limitations from one year to as many as four years for callers violating robocall prohibitions.
Rep. Eshoo has been a strong advocate for addressing the epidemic of robocalls. In April, Eshoo introduced the ROBO Calls and Texts Act of 2019 to crack down on robocalls by creating a new division within the Enforcement Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Robocall Division. She also introduced the HANGUP Act to protect anyone with a federally-backed loan (student loans, mortgages, veteran loans, farming loans) from unwanted robocalls and texts.