05.23.19

Gardner-Backed Robocall Bill Passes Senate

Every Coloradan knows the frustration of being inundated with incessant robocalls and it’s time to end this illegal practice

 

NOTE: View Senator Gardner’s video remarks here

Washington, D.C. – Today, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement following passage of S. 151, the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement Deterrence (TRACED) Act. Gardner is a cosponsor of this legislation that requires phone companies to implement a system that would authenticate and verify phone calls to ensure that they are legitimate. Additionally, the TRACED Act increases fines on individuals who are found to have knowingly attempted or succeeded in spoofing phone calls. Spoofing is a tactic that fraudulent callers sometimes utilize to show a different telephone number and disguise their identity. Lastly, it requires the Attorney General to convene an interagency working group to improve coordination between federal agencies focused on reining in robocall scams.

“Every Coloradan knows the frustration of being inundated with incessant robocalls and it’s time to end this illegal practice,” said Senator Gardner. “Robocalls are not only a nuisance, but they also pose significant harm to consumers, oftentimes with the intent to defraud or steal personal information. These illegal calls need to be stopped to ensure that scammers cannot harass and take advantage of hard-working people. Now that the Senate has acted, I hope the House will quickly follow suit and get this bill to the President’s desk. 

In March of 2019, YouMail estimated that Coloradans received a whopping 73.6 million robocalls—that’s an approximately 140 percent increase in robocalls to Coloradans over the past two years. That’s equivalent to 2.4 million calls per day, nearly 99,000 calls per hour, and just over 27 calls per second. Senator Gardner questioned witnesses at a recent Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing on stopping robocalls.

 

 

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Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.