Today the House overwhelmingly passed the bipartisan Stopping Bad Robocalls Act, which will relieve consumers from the recent uptick in robocalls. Congressman Malinowski was a co-sponsor of the legislation.
In 2018 an estimated 47.8 billion robocalls were placed nationwide, an increase of 17 billion calls from the previous year. Many of those calls came from scammers, resulting in 22 million Americans losing a total of $9.5 billion in 2016 alone.
The bill will implement a nationwide caller authentication system, so that consumers can once again trust the number that comes up on their phone. It will also empower the Federal Communications Commission with strong enforcement powers to protect consumers from these calls.
"The massive increase in robocalls is not just annoying, but costly to the millions of Americans who have fallen victim to scams," said Congressman Malinowski. "Today's bill will help relieve consumers from these constant intrusions into our lives."