WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today voted to pass the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act to provide relief to millions of Americans who are threatened by the abusive practices of robocalls.
With 54 billion robocalls made this year, robocalls present a rapidly growing security threat to everyday Americans. Many of these calls are scams that seek to steal recipients’ personal information and money. The TRACED Act would combat these fraudulent calls by giving the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) the tools to hold these scammers accountable.
“For many Coastal Virginians, robocalls are more than just a nuisance, they are predatory scams,” Congresswoman Luria said. “Too often, robocallers steal money and sensitive information from hardworking families. I am pleased to join lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to combat this growing epidemic.”
The TRACED Act:
- Allows the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to levy civil penalties of up to $10,000 per call for individuals making illegal robocalls.
- Gives FCC regulators three years to catch and take civil enforcement action against intentional violators.
- Directs the FCC to require telephone providers to implement existing anti-robocall technologies within 18 months at no additional cost.
- Requires the FCC to develop rules preventing unwanted calls or texts and reduce violators’ access to phone numbers.
Today, the TRACED Act passed the House in a 417-3 vote. Last May, the Senate voted to pass this bill by a 97-1 margin.
Earlier this year, Congresswoman Luria voted for the House-passed Stopping Bad Robocalls Act, which she cosponsored. Many provisions of this bill are contained within the TRACED Act.