Doyle Welcomes New Robocall Law

December 31, 2019
Press Release

Pittsburgh, PA – December 31, 2019 – U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (PA-18) welcomed the enactment of bipartisan legislation to cut down on spam robocalls (S. 151, the TRACED Act).

“It’s nice to end 2019 on a positive note, and the enactment of bipartisan legislation to make millions of Americans’ lives a little bit better certainly fits that description,” Congressman Doyle said.

“Nearly every American has experienced the annoyance of repeated interruptions by unwanted robocalls, and many have been victimized by robocalls from scammers who spoofed their phones’ Caller ID systems. If there was one thing that people in this politically polarized country agreed about, it was that something ought to be done to stop unwanted robocalls and phone scams that trick our Caller IDs – and I’m pleased to say we did it.”

“As Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, I worked for much of this year with my colleagues in the House and Senate as well as outside stakeholders to find a realistic solution to this problem and move it through Congress, so I’m very pleased to see it signed into law,” Congressman Doyle added. “Once the FCC implements this new law, Americans should get fewer annoying robocalls – and they will know whether the phone number shown on their Caller ID is really the phone number of the person calling.”

S. 151, the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act, now:

  • Requires carriers to offer call-authentication technology to consumers and small businesses—in rural and urban America—at no additional charge;
  • Allows phone carriers to opt consumers into robocall blocking services with no additional charge;
  • Gives the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) the ability to step up enforcement actions against unlawful robocalls with a longer statute of limitations and increased fines in certain cases;
  • Pushes the Department of Justice to bring more criminal prosecutions against criminal robocallers;
  • Requires the FCC to work to stop one-ring scams;
  • Helps the FCC and responsible carriers trace back and cut off suspect phone companies that are responsible for sending vast numbers of unlawful robocalls; and
  • Protects patients, doctors, and hospitals from unlawful robocalls.

The TRACED Act includes many provisions of H.R. 3375, the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act, which Congressman Doyle, the Chairman of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee, introduced with Committee Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Ranking Member Greg Walden (R-OR), and Subcommittee Ranking Member Bob Latta (R-OH).

Click HERE for the text of the new law.

Click HERE for a section-by-section summary.