December 05, 2019

Congressman Neguse Helps Pass Legislation to Protect Coloradans from Unwanted Robocalls

Washington, D.C.— This week, Congressman Joe Neguse helped secure passage of bipartisan, bicameral legislation to deter illegal robocalls, which inconvenience thousands of consumers every day. The bill imposes civil penalties for robocall violations and improves enforcement measures—requiring telephone carriers to verify calls and allow robocalls to be blocked consistently and transparently. The measure represents an agreement between the House and Senate negotiators and is expected to head to the President’s desk next.

“I have heard consistently from constituents of Colorado’s Second Congressional District about the inconvenience and nuisance of robocalls and I echoed those concerns in Washington,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “I am proud to support the passage of a common-sense solution that directly impacts the people I’ve been elected to serve.”

The Pallone-Thune Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act will allow the imposition of civil penalties for violating the prohibition on robocalls, which involves the use of automated dialing equipment or an artificial or prerecorded voice. The bill will also allow the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to seek financial penalties against those making calls with misleading caller identification information, a practice known as “spoofing.” The FCC could fine robocall or spoofing violators as much as $10,000 per violation, with additional penalties of as much as $10,000 for intentional violations. The FCC would have to take enforcement action within one year of any robocall violation, or within four years for spoofing and intentional robocall violations. Violators who hold FCC licenses or authorizations could also face larger fines under existing requirements.