Rep. Elissa Slotkin Lauds Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Stop Robocalls
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Representative Elissa Slotkin (MI-08) lauded the passage of the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act (HR 3375) in the U.S. House of Representatives, a bill that prevents robocalls from interrupting and scamming consumers, and offers a comprehensive legislative solution to address the rising tide of robocalls. In 2018, Michiganders received an estimated 1.2 billion robocalls, and already in 2019 Michiganders have received 784 million robocalls. Americans lost an estimated $10.5 billion dollars this year due to robocall scams.
This bill ensures that every call consumers receive is verified, allows the blocking of robocalls without an extra charge, and ensures the Federal Communications Commission will enact strong consumer protections and quickly go after scammers.
“Michiganders are sick and tired of getting robocalls, and they’re even more fed up with being scammed by these companies,” Slotkin said. “I’m thrilled that today we have passed a bipartisan bill I have co-sponsored to directly respond to this daily, frustrating, and indeed serious problem our constituents are facing. The Stopping Bad Robocalls Act not only helps prevent folks from receiving irritating robocalls, but cracks down on companies who have preyed on and taken billions of dollars from consumers.”
Slotkin has heard directly from 8th district residents and community leaders from across the political spectrum who reiterate that taking action to stop robocalls will not only put an end to a common nuisance, but will make a marked difference in residents’ daily lives. In particular, during Slotkin’s first meeting with Mayor Rob Ray of the City of Rochester, he specifically raised the issue of robocalls, communicating just how important this issue is to Rochester residents, and urging Rep. Slotkin to take action in Congress to stop them.
The Stopping Bad Robocalls Act provides comprehensive, meaningful solutions to prevent the rising tide of robocalls:
- Prevents phone number “spoofing” by requiring that phone carriers implement call authentication technology so consumers can trust their caller ID again, with no additional line-item for consumers, and includes a process to help rural carriers implement this technology.
- Allows phone carriers to offer call blocking services to consumers, with no additional charge, with an opt-out function to make sure important calls aren’t inadvertently blocked.
- Directs the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to issue rules that allow consumers to more easily withdraw consent from receiving certain robo-calls.
- Requires the FCC to enact safeguards so companies can’t abuse robocall exemptions.
- Ensures the FCC has the authority and the tools to take strong, quick action when it tracks down robocallers, including by extending the statute of limitations from one year to three, and in some instances four, years for callers violating robocall prohibitions.
- Mandates the FCC to submit a report to Congress on the implementation of its reassigned numbers database to make sure the Commission is effectively protecting consumers from unwanted calls.