Senator Edward J. Markey (D–Mass.), Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.), Ranking Member Anna G. Eshoo (D–Calif.) and 26 other members of Congress today commended the Federal Communications Commissions’ (FCC) proposed rules to protect student loan and mortgage borrowers, veterans, farmers, taxpayers, and others from unwanted robocalls and texts. A provision in the Budget Act of 2015 exempts robocallers and robotexters that collect debt owed to or guaranteed by the federal government from key consumer protection provisions of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (TCPA), potentially opening up Americans to a deluge of unwanted telephone calls and texts. In November 2015, Senator Markey, Congresswoman Bonamici, Congresswoman Eshoo and dozens of other lawmakers called on the FCC to use its regulatory authority to limit the harms posed by the TCPA carve out and put in place several important consumer protections.

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