The legislation would give regulators more time and tools — like financial penalties up to $10,000 per call — to go after predatory robocalls. The bill cleared the Senate with a 97 to 1 vote.
The U.S. Senate passed Thursday the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act, which aims to help stop and deter illegal and predatory robocalls.
The bill would give regulators more time to find scammers, increase civil forfeiture penalties for those caught, promote call authentication and blocking adoption, and bring relevant federal agencies and state attorneys general together to address impediments to criminal prosecution of robocallers who intentionally ignore the law.
The bill passed the Senate, 97 to 1, and now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.
“I hear from so many West Virginians about annoying and misleading robocalls,” said U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito. “I’m proud we have delivered a solution in the TRACED Act with broad, bipartisan support. Robocalls are more than a nuisance; they’re dangerous and predatory. Increasing penalties and giving the appropriate authorities more tools to go after these bad actors is a no-brainer.”
U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., added, "Whether you’re a Democrat or Republican, we as Americans can all agree on one thing — Spam and robocalls are just absolutely awful. I am glad that my colleagues have come together to pass legislation to give FCC and other federal agencies the resources they need to finally reduce calls like these, which have increased year after year."
Specifically, the TRACED Act would:
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