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House Passes Critical Legislation to Stop Robocalls

Bill includes Johnson’s ‘Tracing Back and Catching Unlawful Robocallers Act’

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Washington, July 24, 2019 | comments
Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3375, the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act by a bipartisan vote of 429-3. Included in this legislation was H.R. 3434, the Tracing Back and Catching Unlawful Robocallers Act which Johnson introduced last month:
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Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3375, the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act by a bipartisan vote of 429-3. Included in this legislation was H.R. 3434, the Tracing Back and Catching Unlawful Robocallers Act which Johnson introduced last month:

H.R. 3375 would require all service providers to implement new technology to ensure caller-ID is authenticated at no additional charge for consumers, while establishing additional protections for consumers that receive unwarranted calls. This bill would also take further action to penalize dishonest telemarketers that attempt to break the law and steal consumers’ personal information.

Last year alone, over 48 billion robocalls were made throughout the United States – up by more than 17 billion from 2017.

“Robocalls are a serious and annoying problem, not only in Eastern and Southeastern Ohio, but across America,” Bill Johnson said. “I’ve heard from many Ohioans about just how irritating these calls can be, and trust me, I get them too. Whether it’s a landline or a cell phone, these calls are growing more sophisticated by the day and must be stopped. This is an issue that both sides should be able to work together on, and we did. Our work is not over yet, and H.R. 3375 is a step in the right direction.”

Johnson added, “I am also pleased that the Tracing Back and Catching Unlawful Robocallers Act, legislation that I introduced with my colleague, Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) was included in this bipartisan package. This bill would require the FCC to publish an annual report on the private-led efforts being done to trace the origin of unlawful robocalls, which is an important step in stopping these bad-actors from reaching consumers.”

H.R. 3375 originally passed the Energy and Commerce Committee by a vote of 48-0, and now moves to the U.S. Senate for consideration.

Johnson speaks today on House floor in support of H.R. 3375: https://youtu.be/yxLoIlOh9Y0

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