11.04.15

Leahy Joins Effort To Block Expansion Of Unwanted Robocalls

WASHINGTON (WEDNESDAY, Nov. 4, 2015) – Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Wednesday joined Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and others in introducing The HANGUP Act, which would repeal changes to the federal statute that limits automated telephone calls to consumers without their consent.  Recent changes exempted robocalls made for federal debt collection from the consent requirements of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). 

In June, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) took steps to clarify consumers’ rights under the TCPA to control the types of calls they receive.  The FCC receives more complaints about unwanted phone calls than about any other issue, totaling more than 215,000 complaints in 2014.

“Vermonters are sick and tired of getting unwanted robocalls,” Leahy said.  “At a time when the FCC has been working to limit these kinds of disruptive and harassing calls, the last thing Congress should be doing is adding more corporate loopholes to laws that are designed to protect consumers.  We should quickly pass the HANGUP Act and say goodbye to allowing more unwanted calls.”

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