Foxx Introduces Legislation to Expand Do Not Call Registry to Political Robocalls
WASHINGTON – Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., has introduced legislation to stop the intrusion of political robocalls in homes across America.
H.R. 740, the Robo Calls Off Phones Act or Robo COP Act, expands the types of unsolicited calls restricted by the national Do Not Call Registry to include political robocalls, giving the American people the opportunity to opt out of the bothersome campaign season interruption.
“Every campaign season, like clockwork, families are bombarded by an endless stream of political robocalls,” said Foxx during remarks on the House floor. “Removing the exemption for political robocalls is a matter of fairness that will help bring some peace and quiet to homes throughout campaign season.”
The Robo COP Act directs the Federal Trade Commission to revise its regulations regarding the National Do Not Call registry to prohibit pre-recorded campaign messages from being sent to telephone numbers on the national registry.
The legislation applies strictly to unsolicited, political robocalls where a live person is not available to speak with the individual answering the phone.
U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx represents North Carolina’s 5th Congressional District and is the chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.