WASHINGTON, D.C.—House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) made the following statement after the House passed the Pallone-Thune TRACED Act to combat the robocall epidemic:

“Robocalls are out of control, and we took a significant action today to combat this nuisance that affects millions of families across America by passing the TRACED Act. Not only are these calls a nuisance, they are often perpetrated by criminals who are willfully ignoring the law in an attempt to defraud American families. This bill requires telephone carriers to verify calls, and empowers people with updated technology to block calls from scam artists, all at no additional cost to consumers. The bill also gives law enforcement and the FCC the tools needed to quickly pursue robocall scammers. I look forward to this legislation being signed into law by President Trump soon.”

Background:

In May, the Senate passed the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act. In July, the House passed the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act. The bills were merged as part of the final agreement.

Please find the text for the Pallone-Thune TRACED Act here.