Brindisi-Backed Crackdown On Robocalls Passes House

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VESTAL, NY (WSKG) – A bill co-sponsored by Congressman Anthony Brindisi (NY-22) that cracks down on robocalls has passed the house. 

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The bill would require the Federal Communications Commission to send evidence of robocall violations to the Department of Justice. It would also require the FCC to send Congress an annual report of the number and type of robocall violations. 

Both of these measures are efforts to make sure current law is enforced.

These calls aren’t just annoying, they are dangerous and can scam hard-working Americans out of time and money,” Brindisi said in a statement. “This bill, supported by Democrats and Republicans, will crack down on these scams and hold the scammers accountable.”

The bill was also sponsored by Congressman Donald McEachin (D-VA), Congressman Pete Olson (R-TX), Congressman Andy Kim (D-NJ), Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-IN),) and Congressman David Kustoff (R-TN).

According to the FCC, it receives over 200,000 complaints a year about predatory robocalls. The FCC also estimates that more than 47 billion robocalls were made to phones in the U.S. in 2018, and around 26.3 billion of those were made to mobile phones.