WATCH: Rep. Elissa Slotkin Testifies On Robocalls
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Representative Elissa Slotkin (MI-08) testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee today on the need to take action to stop the scourge of robocalls that continue to interrupt and scam Michiganders every day.
In 2018, Michiganders received an estimated 1.2 billion robocalls. In 2019, Michiganders have already received 784 million robocalls. Americans lost an estimated $10.5 billion dollars this year due to robocall scams.
You can view and download footage of her testimony here.
“If you're like me and like most Michiganders, you hate these calls. And whether you're a Democrat, Republican, or Independent, I think they drive everybody equally crazy,” Slotkin said in her testimony.
Yesterday, the House passed the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act (HR 3375), a bill that prevents robocalls from interrupting and scamming consumers, and offers a comprehensive legislative solution to address the rising tide of robocalls. 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.
In her testimony, Slotkin urged the committee to continue taking up legislation to bring an end to the scourge of robocalls:
“Please keep your foot on the gas on this; I know there are a number of pending pieces of legislation you're also looking at on this issue, and I urge you to take them up. This is something that affects all of our constituents in their daily lives. In an era when sometimes people feel like the government can't get anything done, I think this would be a huge positive step,” Slotkin said.