Tammy Duckworth and Mazie Hirono Team Up to Stop Robocalls
Regardless of what side of the political divide you reside, there’s one issue that most Americans can agree on: robocalls are super annoying. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) introduced the Protecting American Consumers from Robocalls Act last week, a bill that would help end the plague of these annoying and illegal calls. In addition to being a nuisance, these calls cost consumers billions of dollars. In 2016, 22 million Americans lost more than $9.5 billion to robocall scams that mainly target the most vulnerable in society, like senior citizens, immigrants, and people living with disabilities. The bill would enhance the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) of 1991 and the Do-Not-Call Registry by giving landline and cellular consumers alike the ability to petition for statutory damages for all unconsented-to telemarketing calls immediately after the first violation of the TCPA. The pair were joined in the bill’s introduction by Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Ed Markey (D-MA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Tina Smith (D-MN). More here.