Doyle Announces Committee Approval of “Stopping Bad Robocalls Act”
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (D-PA) announced today that the House Energy and Commerce has approved the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act (H.R. 3375) by voice vote and reported it to the full House of Representatives by a vote of 49-0.
Congressman Doyle, the Chairman of the Committee’s Communications and Technology Subcommittee, introduced the bill with Committee Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Ranking Member Greg Walden (R-OR), and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Ranking Member Bob Latta (R-OH). The bill was favorably reported out of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee last month, as amended, by voice vote.
“This legislation is a thoughtful response to the onslaught of billions of illegal robocalls Americans face,” Congressman Doyle said. “On average, everyone in this country receives 14 of these calls every day. This bill is a comprehensive bipartisan solution that I believe will help seriously reduce the number of robo-calls consumers receive.”
“Unwanted robocalls have exploded to nearly 48 billion last year, a 60 percent increase in volume from the year before,” Congressman Doyle observed. “That number is expected to increase to 60 billion this year. In the month of June alone, my hometown of Pittsburgh received an estimated 34 million robocalls. While some of these calls constituted legitimate alerts and reminders, such calls accounted for only 20 percent of the robocalls people receive each year.”
“Today, the American people are one step closer to reclaiming control of their phones from annoying and illegal robocalls,” Chairman Pallone said earlier today. “I’m proud of the strong support the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act received in Committee today, and I thank Ranking Members Walden and Latta and Chairman Doyle for working with me on this legislation to end the robocall epidemic. This legislation will ensure every call Americans get is verified by Caller ID and that consumers can block calls they don’t want. I look forward to having the full House vote on our bill soon.”
H.R. 3375, the “Stopping Bad Robocalls Act,” would require the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to adopt critical consumer protections, require all carriers, over time, to implement a new technology to make sure that caller-ID information is appropriately authenticated with no additional line item charge for consumers on their bill, allow the blocking of calls in a reasonable manner without an extra charge, and more. A manager’s amendment was adopted in this morning’s markup to include provisions requiring transparency and redress for erroneously blocked calls.
Click here to see Congressman Doyle’s opening statement on H.R. 3375, the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act.