WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.)—a member of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee—today voted to pass the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act, bipartisan legislation she co-sponsored to help stop and deter illegal and predatory robocalls. The bill would give regulators more time to find scammers, increase civil forfeiture penalties for those caught, promote call authentication and blocking adoption, and bring relevant federal agencies and state attorneys general together to address impediments to criminal prosecution of robocallers who intentionally ignore the law. The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 97 to 1.
“I hear from so many West Virginians about annoying and misleading robocalls,” Senator Capito said. “I’m proud we have delivered a solution in the TRACED Act with broad, bipartisan support. Robocalls are more than a nuisance; they’re dangerous and predatory. Increasing penalties and giving the appropriate authorities more tools to go after these bad actors is a no-brainer.”
The TRACED Act would:
As a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, Senator Capito has worked closely with her colleagues on advancing this legislation. In November, she asked FTC commissioners about how legislators could crack down on these bad actors.
The TRACED Act now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.
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