Shimkus Backs Bipartisan Bill to Stop Unwanted Robocalls
WASHINGTON – Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) this week cosponsored bipartisan legislation that would require the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to enforce stricter regulations on unwanted robocalls.
“The Stopping Bad Robocalls Act aims to improve upon past legislation that has largely failed to address unwanted spam robocalls,” said Shimkus. “This new effort would establish specific rules for phone companies to abide by, and set strict penalties for those who violate the law.”
The bipartisan legislation, H.R. 3375, requires that phone carriers implement call authentication technology so consumers can trust their caller ID again, and allows carriers to offer call blocking services with no additional line item or charge to the consumer.
The FCC would also get enhanced authority to take strong, quick action when it tracks down robocallers – including the ability to refer those callers for criminal prosecution. The bill also would extend the statute of limitations to pursue bad actors who violate robocall prohibitions.
Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone (D, New Jersey-6) and Republican Leader Greg Walden (R, Oregon-2) introduced the bill.
“Americans deserve to be free of the daily danger and harassment of robocalls, it's time we end the robocall epidemic and restore trust back into our phone system," Pallone and Walden said in a joint statement.
The Subcommittee on Communications and Technology approved the bill this week, and further action is expected before Congress adjourns for the August District Work Period.