Senate Approves Bill to Stop Spam Robocalls

December 19, 2019
Press Release
Includes provisions of Doyle bill to stop robocalls

Washington, DC – December 19, 2019 – U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (D-PA), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, announced that the Senate approved bipartisan legislation to stop unwanted robocalls today by unanimous consent.

“Stopping bad robocalls has been a top priority for us this year,” Congressman Doyle said. “I’m glad that we passed this strong bipartisan, bicameral legislation to protect consumers from the annoying, potentially dangerous robocalls they are getting every day. This bill gives people the tools they need to block unwanted robocalls – and its passage is a huge victory for the American consumer.”

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

  • Require carriers to offer call-authentication technology to consumers and small businesses—in rural and urban America—at no additional charge;
  • Allow phone carriers to opt consumers into robocall blocking services with no additional charge;
  • Give 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;
  • Push the Department of Justice to bring more criminal prosecutions against criminal robocallers;
  • Require the FCC to work to stop one-ring scams;
  • Help the FCC and responsible carriers trace back and cut off suspect phone companies that are responsible for sending vast numbers of unlawful robocalls; and
  • Protect patients, doctors and hospitals from unlawful robocalls.

The TRACED Act also included 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 bill text.

Click HERE for a section-by-section summary.