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District Update | July 25, 2019 Click here if you have trouble viewing this email
U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler
Update: U.S. House votes to crack down on scam robocalls

I wanted to send out this important legislative update: the U.S. House just approved H.R. 3375, the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act, to control the onslaught of unwanted, scam robocalls. This is a common-sense solution to put consumers back in charge of their phones. Our bill passed the House with overwhelming bipartisan support last night. Read more about it here

After hearing hundreds of complaints from Southwest Washington residents who are being inundated by unlawful robocalls, I’m pleased my colleagues and I were able to pass this bipartisan bill to stop scam calls. They’re more than just a nuisance – these calls frequently try to scam health care consumers, seniors and others. From fraudulent Social Security threats, ‘free’ cruise gimmicks, and other scam calls – it’s time we put a stop to these illegal robocalls, placed consumers back in charge – and punished the fraudsters.

VIDEO: Discussing the need for Congress to crack down on scam robocalls.

PROBLEM
The scourge of unlawful robocalls threatens 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.


HOW THIS BILL HELPS SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON RESIDENTS:

(1) Directs the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to require all carriers, over time, to implement a new, reliable caller authentication system at no additional cost to consumers. This is so consumers can trust the number they see on their caller ID is actually the person calling them.

(2) Gives law enforcement and the Federal Communications Commission critical tools, information, and incentives to go after robocallers that break the law.

(3) Requires the FCC to implement rules within 6 months of enactment that require will protect consumers and their privacy, ensure robocalls are only made with consent, ensure consumers can withdraw consent, ensure robocallers have records to prove they have a customers consent to robocall them, and help ensure these robocallers are following the law.


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