Widely feared ‘robocall’ bill tops most-commented list for 2011

Terry's bill was aimed at allowing pre-recorded informational calls — such as flight alerts and fraud alerts — to be forwarded to mobile devices, while blocking telemarketing calls.

But consumers generally opposed the bill for fear that it would still swamp them with unwanted calls, and Terry said in mid-December that he decided not to advance the bill "after listening to concerned constituents."

Most of the other bills on the Top 10 list were favorable.

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H.R. 25, the Fair Tax Act, received the second-most comments, at 5,288, and more than 4,200 of those were favorable. The bill, from Rep. Rob Woodall (R-Ga.), would repeal the income, employment, estate and gift taxes, and impose a national sales tax on consumption. It would also have abolished the IRS after 2015, but the bill didn't go anywhere this year.

A close third came from Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), who sponsored H.R. 2306, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act. This bill received more than 5,200 comments, and more than 4,800 of them were favorable.

The next few bills on the list were more evenly split. H.R. 3, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, had nearly 2,800 favorable comments, but more than 2,100 in opposition. This bill passed the House in May, but has not moved in the Senate.

And H.R. 2, the Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act, had 2,700 favorable comments with 1,800 in opposition. That bill passed the House in mid-January.

The following bills round out POPVOX's list of the 10 bills that got the most attention in 2011:

H.R. 3261, Stop Online Piracy Act — 66 for, 4,150 against.

S. 724, Ensuring Pay for Our Military Act — 3,719 for, 198 against.

H.R. 822, National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act — 2,882 for, 807 against. (Passed the House in November.)

S. 13, Fair Tax Act — 2,812 for, 719 against.

H.R. 589, Emergency Unemployment Compensation Expansion Act — 2,051 for, 1,455 against.