The Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act was approved by the US Senate Thursday, passing by a vote of 79-1. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky cast the one dissenting vote.
The legislation would impose a fine of as much as $10,000 per call on robocallers who disregard the rules on calls and increase the statute of limitations to three years. The legislation also calls for the Federal Communications Commission to develop regulations to eliminate unwanted calls.
Co-Sponsor Ed Markey of Massachusetts said that “There are no red robocalls, there are no blue robocalls. There are only robocalls that drive every family in America crazy every single day.”