WASHINGTON (WSYR-TV) — Congressman Anthony Brindisi (D-NY22) is co-sponsoring a bill that would help block robocalls and force stricter punishments on those making them.
It’s the House version of the TRACED Act (Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence), which is being co-sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer in the Senate.
Brindisi represents the Cortland woman who tells NewsChannel 9 that she’s gotten more than 100 calls in less than a week.
When Brindisi announced his support of the legislation in early April he said, “Upstate New Yorkers are inundated around the clock with intrusive, unwanted robocalls. At best these calls are a nuisance; at worst, a costly financial fraud. People should be able to answer their phones without worrying that they could fall victim to the latest scam. Knocking out annoying robocallers is one area Republicans and Democrats can agree, and I’m glad to join Reps. Smucker and Kustoff in introducing the TRACED Act to find a solution to this growing problem.”
The legislation being considered in both chambers will:
- Increase the penalty on scammers from $1,500 to $10,000 for each call
- Lengthen the statue of limitation to three years – more time to find the scammer
- Require cell phone companies to implement already-existing technology to trace the calls.
Monday, Senator Schumer said he expects the law to move through Congress quickly.