Rep. Ted Budd Leads Bipartisan Bill to Combat Foreign Robocalls

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Washington, February 27, 2020 | comments

Washington D.C. -- Today, Representative Ted Budd (R-NC) introduced the Foreign Robocall Elimination Act alongside Rep. Lacy Clay (D-MO) and Rep. Dan Bishop (R-NC). This legislation directs the Federal Communications Commission to convene an interagency task force with the Federal Trade Commission and the Attorney General to develop effective measures to combat robocalls coming from abroad.

Rep. Budd said in a statement:

“Robocalls are an issue that has affected nearly every American, including myself. These seemingly endless automated phone calls disrupt our daily lives, constitute a serious form of harassment, and expose millions of Americans to dangerous financial scams. The TRACED Act, which President Trump signed into law late last year, was a tremendous step forward in combating these illegal calls. Our bill builds on that success by primarily taking on robocalls coming from outside our borders.” 

Rep. Clay said:

“Robocalls continue to violate the privacy of millions of Americans.  I’m pleased that the U.S. House of Representatives acted to pass legislation to halt domestic robocalls. However, we know that more calls are now being placed internationally- often with the goal of gathering valuable information on Americans. I am pleased to work with my colleague Congressman Budd on The Foreign Robocall Elimination Act, a bipartisan effort to ensure that our government has the tools needed to collaborate with foreign governments to address this issue and hold bad actors accountable.”

Rep. Bishop said:

“Robocalls are not just a nuisance: they are an illegal invasion of privacy. Malicious criminals use robocalls to prey on the most vulnerable, draining innocent Americans of their savings and sense of safety. While Congress has taken some positive steps to address this problem, we need bold action to combat the majority of these calls that come from overseas. I am proud to partner with Congressman Budd on this important legislation that will empower the FTC, FCC and Attorney General to protect Americans from illegal robocalls from abroad.”

Text of the bill can be found here

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