Tired of receiving that pesky unsolicited robocall when you are trying to was reruns of the Golden Girls, or you favorite Netflix program?
Well, the U.S. Senate just passed the TRACED ACT by a vote margin of 97-1, and are now hoping the the House will follow their lead and vote in favor of the robocall measure.
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (R) was the sole senator to vote against cracking down on illegal robocalls.
The bill was sponsored by Sen. John Thune (R-SD) and co-sponsored by 84 other senators, including Arizona’s Kyrsten Sinema (D) and Georgia’s Johnny Isakson (R).
Sinema’s office cites an a report finding that “42 percent of all calls will be spam calls by early 2019.”
“The TRACED Act gives regulators more time to find scammers, increases penalties for those who are caught, promotes call authentication and blocking adoption, and brings relevant federal agencies and state attorneys general together to address impediments to criminal prosecution of robocallers who intentionally flout laws.” -Sinema press office
“Our bipartisan bill holds robocallers accountable and protects hardworking Arizonans from their scams and harassment. I urge the U.S. House to quickly pass our legislation so we can continue to protect Arizonans from the rising number of illegal robocalls,” said Sinema.
Isakson is also happy to see the prospect of less “unsolicited calls” and “abusive scams” burdening Americans.
“It’s great to see the Senate work on a bipartisan basis to pass the TRACED Act, which will provide relief for Americans by reducing the number of unsolicited calls and holding the perpetrators of abusive scams accountable,” said Isakson. “I hope the House will move forward quickly to get it to the president’s desk.”
Sen. Toomey goes a little further, telling Americans that if they receive a call telling them that they have “won a free trip to the Bahamas,” they really didn’t.