Latta’s STOP Robocalls Act is major component of bipartisan robocalls package
Washington, June 20, 2019 | Mikayla Hall (202-225-6405)
Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) released the following statement after the Energy and Commerce Committee unveiled bipartisan legislation, the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act, to combat the growing scourge of illegal robocalls. Latta, the Republican Leader on the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, introduced the Support Tools to Obliterate Pesky (STOP) Robocalls Act earlier this year with Chairman Mike Doyle (D-PA). Their legislation is a major component of this bipartisan package.
Latta’s language in the package builds on the FCC’s recent announcement that it would allow carriers to provide robocall blocking technologies to customers on an informed opt-out basis. Currently, you have to opt-in. His language also would increase communication between the FCC and phone companies, and study the benefits of having better tracking systems.
“At minimum, illegal robocalls and others like them are a disruptive nuisance,” said Latta. “At worst, vulnerable people fall prey to scams. As I crisscross the Fifth Congressional District, I hear the same feedback: they’re unwelcome and annoying, and it’s time for them to stop. Unfortunately, simply being on the Do Not Call Registry is not enough. There needs to be a multi-faceted approach, combining efforts from Congress, the FCC, and tech companies. This bipartisan package is one such example. I’m pleased my STOP Robocalls Act was included in this legislation, and look forward to working with my colleagues to get it across the finish line.”
Combating the scourge of robocalls is a top priority for Congressman Latta. Last month, Latta hosted a Stopping Senior Scams Workshop with representatives from the FTC and IRS Taxpayer Advocates to raise awareness of common scams, including robocalls, that target seniors. Click here for a recap of that event.