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Guthrie Supports ‘Stopping Bad Robocalls Act’ in House Vote

Washington, July 24, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Brett Guthrie (KY-02) today supported the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act (H.R. 3375) in a vote by the full House of Representatives. The Stopping Bad Robocalls Act passed by a vote of 429 to 3.

Guthrie, who is a cosponsor of the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act, previously supported this legislation in a markup by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where the bill was approved unanimously.

“No one wants to answer the phone and talk to a spam caller or a robot,” said Guthrie. “I’ve heard stories about Kentuckians getting up to fifty unwanted calls in one day. The Stopping Bad Robocalls Act will give phone carriers the tools to help consumers block these calls. This is the number one thing I hear about from Second District residents, and I am proud that my committee was able to come together on this bipartisan, commonsense legislation. I urge the Senate to pass the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act as soon as possible.”

The Stopping Bad Robocalls Act would:

  • Require phone carriers to implement call authentication technology and includes a process to help rural carriers implement this technology;
  • Allow carriers to offer call blocking services to consumers with transparency safeguards to make sure important calls aren’t inadvertently blocked;
  • Direct the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to issue rules to protect consumers from calls they didn’t agree to receive and to ensure consumers can withdraw consent;
  • Require the FCC to enact safeguards so companies can’t abuse robocall exemptions;
  • And ensure the FCC has the authority and the tools to take strong, quick action when it tracks down robocallers, including by extending the statute of limitations from one year to three, and in some instances four, years for callers violating robocall prohibitions.

 

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