Foxx Introduces Legislation to Halt Unwanted Robocalls
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R - N.C.) introduced H.R. 805, the Robo Calls Off Phones Act (Robo COP) Act. The bill directs the Federal Trade Commission to revise its regulations regarding the National Do Not Call registry to prohibit automated campaign messages from dialing telephone numbers on the national registry.
Rep. Foxx stated, “Every election season Americans are inundated with pre-recorded campaign calls that flood their home phone lines. Just as unsolicited sales calls from telemarketers are an unwelcome intrusion for many Americans, political robocalls are often viewed as a nuisance and come at inconvenient times for many individuals and families. The Robo COP Act would eliminate a special carveout for political campaigns, making politicians play by the same rules as everyone else who makes robocalls. Just as individuals are able to opt out of unsolicited sales calls, they should have the right to opt out of receiving campaign robocalls.”
The legislation would apply only 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 Senior Republican of the House Committee on Education and Labor.