Congress takes aim at robocalls

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Lawmakers want the incessant phone calls to stop already. 

West Virginia Republican Senator Shelley Moore Capitol is a co-sponsor of the ‘Traced Act’. It would require phone companies to install technology that identifies robocalls before they reach your phone.

In these divisive times, there’s one thing most Americans can agree on; we hate robocalls.

Senator Brian Schatz says, “it’s an issue that crosses state lines and party lines and phones lines and is uniting all Americans”.

There’s now a unified effort in Congress to track down and punish the phone scammers. 

Senator Shelley Moore Capito is a co-sponsor of the bipartisan ‘Traced Act’. She says, “We are giving the FCC more teeth.”

Senator Capito says the bill gives the FCC more time to charge and prosecute violators. In addition, it increases penalties to $10,000 per call.

Members of the Telecomm Industry support the legislation and encourage not just heavier fines, but stronger criminal penalties for repeat offenders. 

Schatz says, “Put the people who are making them behind bars”.

Capito says the Traced Act would also force phone companies to do more to stop robocalls. The bill requires companies to implement technology that identifies and tracks spam callers.

“The technology has advanced so that they are harder to detect, they are harder to disrupt and harder to block.”

Capito says she’s confident Congress will soon approve her bill.

“I think we will get it to the president’s desk.”

If it does become law, supporters say it would be a key weapon in the fight to end robocalls. 

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