WASHINGTON, DC – Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR), Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Communications and Technology subcommittee Republican Leader Bob Latta (R-OH), and Communications and Technology subcommittee Chairman Mike Doyle (D-PA) released the following statement applauding House passage of the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act by a sweeping 429-3 vote.
“Today, the House of Representatives voted to restore Americans’ confidence in the telephone system and put consumers back in charge of their phones. We’re proud of the strong support our bipartisan Stopping Bad Robocalls Act received this afternoon and look forward to working with our colleagues in the Senate to produce a bill that the President can sign into law. The American people are counting on us to help end the robocall epidemic, and we will deliver for them,” the leaders said.
The Stopping Bad Robocalls Act (H.R. 3375):
- Requires the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to adopt critical consumer protections and to 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 Protection Group to shield our health care system from illegal robocalls.
For a section-by-section summary of H.R. 3375, please click here.