Congress Reaches Deal to Fight Robocalls
Committee-leading lawmakers in the House and Senate announced earlier this week that they are working on bipartisan comprehensive legislation to end robocalls. Robocalls are pre-recorded messages that target consumers and can be dangerous, scamming the recipient into handing over information. Congress members noted that roughly 26.3 billion calls were made in the US in 2018, and malicious robocalls have been increasingly popular in the last 5 years. Congress also stated that last month, Americans were on the receiving end of 5.5 billion robocalls.
Although the contents of the bill are unclear, lawmakers stated it would allow the calls to be blocked without extra charges for consumers. The final bill will combine one passed in the Senate and House, titled Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence and the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act, respectively.
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