Last week, Will County area legislators helped the U.S. House of Representatives pass bipartisan legislation to combat unwanted robocalls.
The TRACED Act would require telephone carriers to verify calls and allow consumers to block robocalls in a consistent and transparent way, at no extra charge, according to a news release.
Last year, an estimated 47 billion robocalls were placed nationwide, an increase of 17 billion calls over the previous year.
U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville, urged the Senate to pass the bill to protect Americans from “abusive robocall practices.”
“Robocalls aren’t just annoying – they can be dangerous,” Underwood said. “They’re used by fraudsters and unscrupulous debt collectors to scare hardworking Americans into falling for their scams.”
The legislation also ensures that law enforcement and the Federal Communications Commission have the tools, information and incentives to go after robocallers that break the law.
U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski co-sponsored of the legislation.
“Consumers in the 3rd District and across the country have had it will the daily barrage of abusive spam robocalls,” said Lipinski, D-Western Springs. “Enough is enough.”
Members of Congress argued that the TRACED Act builds upon the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act, which passed with overwhelming support in July.