Congressman Anthony Brindisi and a bipartisan group of House members yesterday (July 24) celebrated the passage of the Locking Up Robocallers Act of 2019.
Brindisi is one of the original co-sponsors of the bill, which if enacted would direct the FCC to provide evidence of unlawful robocall violations to the Department of Justice for prosecution.
It would also require the FCC to publish and submit to Congress a report outlining the number and types of robocaller violations.
“These calls aren’t just annoying, they are dangerous and can scam hard-working Americans out of time and money,” said Congressman Brindisi. “This bill, supported by Democrats and Republicans, will crack down on these scams and hold the scammers accountable. The Locking Up Robocallers Act bolsters this bill and gives law enforcement the tools they need to end these calls. I am proud to see it pass the House.”
According to the FCC, more than 200,000 complaints are made each year by residents receiving predatory robocalls.
Another FCC report shows that an estimated 26.3 billion robocalls were made to mobile phones and more than 47 billion were made in total to phones in the U.S. in 2018.