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Cosponsor H.R. 3375, the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act

Cosponsors: Doyle, Latta, Eshoo, Matsui, Castor, McNerney, Welch, Lujan, Tonko, Clarke, Loebsack, Schrader, Cárdenas, Dingell, Veasey, McEachin, Soto, O’Halleran,
Long, Walberg, Guthrie, Bilirakis, McMorris
Rodgers, Burgess, Brooks (IN), Underwood, Doggett, Gonzalez (TX), McAdams, Schakowsky, Engel, Rush, Ruiz, Kelly (IL),
Shimkus, Flores, Carter (GA), Gianforte,
Griffith, DeGette, Lowey, Allen, Wasserman Schultz, Fitzpatrick,
Fulcher, Upton, Olson, Cooper, DeFazio, Cuellar, Norton, Velázquez,
McKinley, Kim, Bishop (GA), Clark, Lipinski, Rose (NY), Brindisi, Cohen, Suozzi, Carbajal, Connolly, Trone,
Fleischmann, Cisneros, Danny K. Davis, Langevin, Kuster, Cox, Gottheimer, Wild, Van Drew, Case, DelBene, Levin (MI), Watson Coleman, Kildee, Pascrell, Horsford, Trahan, Ruppersberger, Sarbanes, Scott (VA), Finkenauer, Pingree, Haaland, Sablan, Lowenthal,
Davis (CA), Hastings, Kinzinger, McGovern, Meng, Delgado, Thompson (CA),
Bost, Napolitano, Butterfield, Fortenberry, Dean, Crist, Panetta, McBath, Spanberger, Heck, Stevens, Malinowski, Brownley, Allred, Slotkin, Peters,
Smucker, Rogers, Peterson, Grothman, Levin (CA), McCollum, Larsen, Ryan, Kind, Shalala,
Lesko, Wittman, Sherrill, Lynch, Courtney, DeSaulnier, Perlmutter, Price, Sires, Lewis, Barragán, Lieu, David Scott (GA),
Rice (SC), Swalwell, Khanna, Cummings, Craig, Smith (NE), Norcross, Rouda, Grijalva, Axne, Serrano,
Bucshon, Kennedy, Payne, Johnson (OH)

 

Dear Colleague:

Please join us as a cosponsor of H.R. 3375, the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act, to put a stop to the onslaught of unlawful robocalls.  The Communications and Technology Subcommittee voted in June to advance H.R. 3375 by voice vote.  The bill is slated to be
marked up by the full Committee on Energy and Commerce this week.

 

            A copy of the bill text can be found
HERE
.

            A section-by section of the bill can be found
HERE
.

            A list of endorsing organizations and statements of support can be found

HERE
.

 

The rising tide of unlawful robocalls was once a nuisance, but it has grown to threaten the way consumers view and use their telephones.  Last year, an estimated 47.8 billion robocalls were placed nationwide,
an increase of 17 billion calls over the previous year.  Illegal robocalls affect American life in increasingly harmful ways, from

scams
to defraud consumers to
disrupting
our health care system.  Some studies even estimate that nearly half of all calls this year will be scam calls. 

 

The Stopping Bad Robocalls Act is a common-sense solution to fix this problem and put our constituents back in charge of their phones.  Our bipartisan bill will implement a nationwide caller authentication system, free for consumers, so they can again trust
that the number they see on their caller ID is actually the person calling them. 

 

H.R. 3375 will give consumers more power to control the unlawful calls they consistently receive.  It also gives law enforcement and the Federal Communications Commission critical tools, information, and incentives to go after robocallers that break the
law. 

 

We encourage you to join us in providing real relief to our constituents from the growing scourge of unlawful robocalls. 
To cosponsor H.R. 3375, please contact Dan Miller with the Committee on Energy and Commerce at
Dan.Miller@mail.house.gov or x5-2927 for the majority, or for the minority please contact MT Fogarty at
MargaretTucker.Fogarty@mail.house.gov or x5-3641.
  For press resources, please contact Evan Gilbert with the Committee majority staff at
Evan.Gilbert@mail.house.gov or x5-5735, or Justin Discigil with the Committee minority staff at
Justin.Discigil@mail.house.gov or x6-4972.

 

Sincerely,

 

Frank Pallone, Jr.                                                        Greg Walden

Chairman                                                                     Ranking Member

Committee on Energy and Commerce                        Committee on Energy and Commerce

 

 

Mike Doyle                                                                 Robert E. Latta

Chairman                                                                     Ranking Member

Subcommittee on Communications                            Subcommittee on Communications

            and Technology                                                           and Technology

 

In the News

Washington Post:
The Post’s View: An end may be in sight for our robocall epidemic

Lawmakers and the Federal Communications Commission have been moving for months toward crafting a regime that would save Americans from the scourge of 60 billion to 70 billion spam calls annually, but the measures so far have solved only parts of the problem.
Thankfully, an ambitious bipartisan bill in the House, introduced by Reps. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.) and Greg Walden (R-Ore.), passed subcommittee last month.

 

Fraudsters who currently spoof numbers may also simply adopt a new technique when authentication gets in their way — requiring enforcers to rethink their strategy all over again. Still, robocallers have been attacking Americans on all fronts, and it is time
to fight back on all fronts, too. The House’s legislation finally puts the troops in position.

 

Wall Street Journal: House
Panel Advances Robocall Bill

A bill that would protect consumers from robocalls came closer to passage Tuesday after a House subcommittee moved it forward with amendments addressing fraud. 

 

The bipartisan legislation advanced by the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s communications and technology subcommittee would direct the Federal Communications Commission to require phone carriers to use technology that would prevent the misleading modification
of caller identification information, or spoofing. The bill, the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act, would also press the FCC to enforce existing laws more strictly and extend the statute of limitations for some robocall violations.

 

Bloomberg Law: Robocall
Crackdown Measure Gets House Subcommittee’s OK

The Federal Communications Commission would have to clarify what devices businesses can use to send robocalls under bipartisan legislation approved by a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee.

 

The measure (H.R. 3375), by Committee Chairman Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), would require the FCC to redefine the term “autodialer” under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act within six months of the bill’s enactment. The TCPA restricts the use of autodialers
in telemarketing.

 

Yahoo News: U.S.
lawmakers, regulators advance crackdown on robocalls

A U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Tuesday approved by voice vote a bill to combat robocalls by requiring phone companies to provide consumers with technology that allows them to identify and block unwanted calls. Democratic
and Republican leaders last week announced agreement on the bill. The Senate last month approved a similar measure by a 97-1 margin.

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