CRIST BILL FIGHTING SPAM CALLS WILL SOON HEAD TO PRESIDENT’S DESK

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Washington, DC, December 4, 2019 | comments

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg) released the following statement on passage of his Spam Calls Task Force Act (H.R. 721) by both chambers of the United States Congress. The legislation, which was included in the TRACED Act (S. 151), introduced by Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Senator John Thune (R-SD), passed the House this afternoon by a vote of 417-3 and is expected to soon head to the President’s desk.

“In 2018 alone, Floridians experienced close to 4 billion spam calls – invading their privacy and putting their personal information at risk. Today we say, ‘enough is enough’, putting the full weight of the federal government behind ending this scourge on the American people,” said Rep. Crist. “I am proud of this bipartisan, bicameral effort, and look forward to seeing the Spam Calls Task Force Act signed into law."


Background on the Spam Calls Task Force Act:
The legislation directs the Attorney General to work with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to convene an interagency working group with other federal and state agencies to address the following issues relating to spam calls:

  • Determine if any Federal laws, regulations, or policies inhibit the enforcement of section of the Telephone Consumer Protections Act that prohibits spam/scam calls;
  • Identify existing and potential policies and programs that encourage and improve coordination among departments, agencies, and states;
  • Identify existing and potential international policies and programs;
  • Consider if additional resources would be helpful;
  • Consider if formal agreements between states and the federal government and/or foreign governments would be helpful; and
  • Consider if increased criminal penalties or fines would serve as an increased deterrent.
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