March 1st, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) reintroduced H.R. 1421, the Help Americans Never Get Unwanted Phone calls (HANGUP) Act, to protect anyone with a federally-backed loan (student loans, mortgages, veteran loans, farming loans) from unwanted robocalls and texts. Last year, Americans received over 26 billion robocalls, which is up 46% from the year before. Too many of these were from debt collectors.

“The American people are fed up with being harassed by robocalls and texts,” said Rep. Eshoo. “What Congress had instituted to protect consumers was rolled back in 2015, subjecting consumers to these incessant barrages. The bipartisan HANGUP Act cracks down on the unacceptable 26 billion robocalls made last year and stops debt collectors from going after Americans who have difficulty paying their federal student loans.”

Eshoo’s bipartisan legislation repeals a provision in the Budget Act of 2015 that allows debt collectors to robocall or text without consent to those who have a debt owed or guaranteed by the federal government. The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) provided statutory protection to consumers until 2015.

Text of the legislation can be found here.


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