Today, was a win for advocates pushing to find a solution against the scourge of robocalls flooding consumers across the U.S.
Thanks to an almost-unanimous vote of 417-3, the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan bill, backed by Rep. Anthony Brindisi, D-Utica, that directs the Federal Communications Commission to submit evidence of criminal robocall violations to the Federal Department of Justice and will now require phone companies to provide solutions that will identify robocalls before they reach our phones.
Times Telegram reported that, “The Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act, or TRACED Act, was introduced in the Senate on Jan. 16 by Sen. John Thune, R-South Dakota. The bill passed the Senate by a 97-1 vote May 23, with support from Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, before passing the House by a 417-3 vote on Dec. 4.
Portions of legislation cosponsored by Brindisi, including the Spam Calls Task Force Act and the Locking Up Robocallers Act, were included in the Senate bill, according to a statement.”
Now that the co-sponsored version of the bill has passed the House, the final bill will now go to the Senate. Once passed by the Senate it will head to the President for review.