Brooks Cosponsors Bill Cracking Down on Illegal Robocalls
Washington, DC— Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) recently cosponsored H.R. 2015, the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act (“The TRACED Act”). This bill authorizes the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) to levy stiff civil penalties against those who flout telemarketing restrictions, encourages voice service providers to adopt call authentication and blocking, and brings relevant stakeholders together to address impediments to criminal prosecution of robocallers who flout the law.
Congressman Brooks said, “I consistently hear from Tennessee Valley residents about annoying and harassing robocalls. The arrows the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) has in its quiver to deal with this frustrating problem are clearly ineffective. People on the national ‘Do Not Call’ registry still receive illegal calls. Yet, law enforcement is often unable to determine the origin of calls, thereby making enforcement impossible. That’s why I’ve cosponsored the TRACED Act. Among other things, the bill would levy stiff penalties against those who flout FCC robocall restrictions, encourage telephone service providers to adopt call authentication and blocking, and assemble relevant stakeholders to address impediments to criminal prosecution of robocallers who intentionally flout the law.”