Senate Dems push bill to make it easier for FCC to go after robocalls

Senate Dems push bill to make it easier for FCC to go after robocalls
© Greg Nash

A group of Senate Democrats is floating a bill that would make it easier for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to go after robocall scammers.

The Robocall Enforcement Enhancement Act of 2018, introduced by Sen. Brian SchatzBrian Emanuel SchatzThe Year Ahead: Push for privacy bill gains new momentum Giuliani attack on Twitter prompts backlash Bipartisan lawmakers call for investigation into VA amid issues with GI Bill benefit payments MORE (D-Hawaii) on Tuesday, would extend the statute of limitations for violations of robocall rules from one year to three years.

It would also lengthen the statute of limitations for "spoofing" violations — masking call origins with fake caller ID information — from two years to three years.

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“If there is one thing Americans can agree on, it’s that robocalls often cross the line,” Schatz, the top Democrat on the Senate Commerce subcommittee on communications, said in a statement. “With this bill, the FCC will have the time and authority it needs to keep abusive robocalls in check.”

The bill is also being co-sponsored by the rest of the Democrats on the subcommittee. It was introduced on the same day that the Commerce Committee grilled Adrian Abramovich, a Florida man facing a record $120 million fine from the FCC for a massive robocalling scheme.

Senate Democrats on Wednesday also urged the FCC to step up its robocall enforcement efforts.