HASSAN: “Unless the unknown caller is Mr. Claus himself, no one wants to be barraged with unsolicited phone calls during the holidays, or any time of the year”
(Washington, DC) — U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) issued the following statements after the House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation to crack down on robocalls. The legislation improves the federal government’s ability to find scammers, increases penalties on those caught, and requires call authentication and blocking technology to be made available free of charge to consumers. The bill also brings relevant federal agencies and state attorneys general together to evaluate policies and resources needed to better prosecute and deter illegal robocalls, among other provisions.
Both the Senate and House passed versions of the bill earlier this year. Shaheen and Hassan are cosponsors of the bill that passed the Senate in May. Lawmakers from both chambers conferenced on the bills and unveiled negotiated legislation last week. Now that this legislation has passed the House, it will next go before the Senate for consideration before it is sent to the President to be signed into law.
“As we approach the holidays, one of the best gifts this Congress could give the American people is relief from the scourge of robocalls,” said Senator Shaheen. “Granite Staters are absolutely fed up with these illegal calls and it’s past time for Congress to act to deliver accountability to those responsible. I’m very relieved that we’ve been able to make progress on a bipartisan basis, and I urge Leader McConnell to bring this bill up for a final vote in the Senate quickly so that this measure can be signed into law by the President.”
“Unless the unknown caller is Mr. Claus himself, no one wants to be barraged with unsolicited phone calls during the holidays, or any time of the year,” said Senator Hassan. “Congressional action to stem the tide of these obnoxious, illegal calls and hold scammers accountable is long overdue. I urge Majority Leader McConnell to take the critical step of bringing this commonsense, bipartisan legislation up for a vote in the Senate without delay so that it can be signed into law before the end of the year.”
So far this year, Americans have received 54 billion robocalls and more than 136 million were placed to New Hampshire numbers. In June, Shaheen held a press conference in Concord with the New Hampshire Department of Justice, AARP New Hampshire, the Public Utilities Commission and other Granite State stakeholders to discuss the work underway in Congress to combat the bombardment of robocalls.
The legislation would do the following to clamp down on robocalls:
Full text of the legislation is available here.