Congressman Dan Kildee Supports Legislation to Stop Surge in Robocalls

Press Release

Date: June 3, 2019
Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, has cosponsored new legislation in Congress to stop the surge of abusive robocalls recently plaguing American families.

H.R. 946, the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act, would require telephone carriers to confirm that all calls are from a verified caller before the call can be put through. It would also force telephone carriers to adopt new technology that helps prove the true identity of callers.

"Michiganders are sick and tired of robocalls and attempts to scam people from their hard earned money," Congressman Kildee said. "We know the number of robocalls has significantly increased and it is important to stop bad actors. This bill would use new technologies to help curb unwanted robocalls that millions of Michiganders are facing. I am a proud cosponsor of this bill and hope to see it become law soon," Congressman Kildee continued.

Last year, an estimated 26.3 billion unwanted calls were placed in the U.S., which represents a 46 percent increase in unwanted calls from the previous year. Though some robocalls are initiated by legitimate companies, robocalls are also used by scammers to steal from consumers, with more than 22 million Americans losing a total of $9.5 billion in robocall scams in 2016 alone.