Engel Applauds Committee Passage of "Stopping Bad Robocalls Act"

Engel Applauds Committee Passage of “Stopping Bad Robocalls Act”  

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Eliot L. Engel released the following statement after the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act (H.R. 3375) was passed by the Energy and Commerce Committee. It now goes to the full House for consideration:  

“Robocalls on our cell phones have become a scourge on our daily lives. They are more than a pervasive and persistent annoyance; they’re also dangerous. They expose the most vulnerable among us to schemes, scams, and deceptions that can cause irreparable damage, and I’m committed to giving federal agencies the authority and tools they need to rein in the problem.

“I’m proud to be an original cosponsor of the legislation that the Energy and Commerce Committee unanimously passed to protect Americans from annoying robocalls. The legislation will ensure every call Americans receive is verified by Caller ID and that consumers can block calls they don’t want.  I look forward to having this bill pass the full House soon.”

BACKGROUND: Americans reportedly received an astounding 48 billion robocalls last year, and this number is expected to increase to as high as 75 billion this year. Robocalls are one of the most complained-about issues in the United States. The FCC receives roughly 200,000 complaints each year about robocalls. Engel has worked for years to stop abusive phone practices. He has introduced legislation to combat swatting—the act of falsifying caller ID information to mislead law enforcement—and is an original cosponsor of Rep. Jackie Speier’s Repeated Objectionable Bothering of Consumers on Phones (ROBOCOP) Act, which would require phone companies to provide customers with free tools to block robocalls. Engel is also a cosponsor of Rep. Anna Eshoo’s Regulatory Oversight Barring Obnoxious (ROBO) Calls and Texts Act, which would create a new division within the Enforcement Bureau at the FCC to ensure consumer protection and compliance with federal laws relating to public safety and robocalls. Engel is a top member on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.